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Old 04-11-2005, 09:12 PM   #1
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cannot mount floppy

hello all,

I am a newbie and don't know to much so take it easy on me. I am trying to mount a floppy(through the command line) to the /mnt/floppy directory and get the error "mount: permission denied". I am logged in as root@localhost root and I get this error. Can some one help me please

Old 04-11-2005, 09:22 PM   #2
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What does your /etc/fstab file look like?
Old 04-11-2005, 09:26 PM   #3
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Read the man page for mount
man mount

Something like
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto users ect.

If you want it mounted automatically upon power up then make an entry for it in you fstab
You'll have to be / to edit it.
Old 04-11-2005, 09:29 PM   #4
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This command needs root level permissions to execute.

Im assuming you're logged in and trying this command as a normal user... so, at the same place you did this before, try:

sudo mount /dev/floppy /mnt/floppy
(and type in your normal user password when it prompts)

remember, you need to specify both the device and the directory you wish you mount it under (the computer has no other way of knowing where you want your floppy drive to show up as).

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Just a thought, have you created a directory under /mnt called floppy yet?

as root
#cd /mnt
#mkdir /mnt/floppy   {or whatever you want to name it}
#mount -t auto /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
then you can edit the /etc/fstab as mentioned above.


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Old 04-13-2005, 10:40 AM   #6
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OK, after class last night and your posts it all makes a little more sense now. Thanks for all your help everyone. I'm sure I will have other mount questions shortly in the future.


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