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Old 01-13-2005, 12:04 AM   #1
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Cannot write to my floppy on Debian


OK. Newbie here. I just installed Debian on my computer (from Mandrake) and I cannot write to my floppy disk. When I try to add my name to the group, it says I am already added. When I try and write, it just tells me "whatever file" doesn't exist and it could not write. Does anyone know how I can fix that? Thanks for any help.
Old 01-13-2005, 12:10 AM   #2
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Did you mount the floppy?
Check /etc/groups, and see if your name is in the floppy group
Old 01-13-2005, 12:20 AM   #3
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Hmm..... well when I check /etc/group it says that I DO belong to the floppy group, BUT when I type "mount floppy" it tells me it cannot find it in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab. Now, I know I have to add it to there, but how can I? I know I sound like I shouldn't even be running linux, but I know u have to use an editor as root, but what is an easy to use editor? Any recommendations for a novice like moi? Heh sorry, lol.
Old 02-06-2005, 01:04 AM   #4
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I guess you need to be sharper and also more careful about the syntax. Anyways, just to write to a floppy see the contents of /etc/fstab (use kwrite/gedit...) as to where the floppy is mounted. Most probably its mounted at /media/floppy0 like me.

So you can just do a $ mount /media/floppy0 and henceforth write there.

Simple text-editor:VIM. Read man pages. ($ man vim). Popular controls- "i" for edit(insert) and <esc> to stop inserting,"x" for erase char, ":" for save,quit,line-no. etc. e.g.,":wq" for write and quit,":q" for just quit, ":q!" forced quit,":6111" to go to line no.6111 etc.


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