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Old 12-07-2003, 08:50 PM   #1
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Question Copy file to Floppy


I'm having a hard time copying a file to the floppy
I can mount it no problem - when when I try to copy it states permission denied.....something about read only??

Anyone can help??
 
Old 12-07-2003, 09:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ mana ...

What distro are you using, and what does
your
/etc/fstab
look like?


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Old 12-07-2003, 09:58 PM   #3
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Hi Mana - welcome to LQ. As Tinkster indicated, it sounds like you may be mounting your floppy in read-only mode, which would appear in your fstab file as an "ro" on the /mnt/floppy line. Additionally however, the issue may also be with the floppy itself. There's a small plastic square on the back of the floppy that can be moved to write-protect the floppy -- if the square is moved towards the top edge of the floppy (thus opening a hole) the floppy will be write protected. If the square is moved to the lower position (thus closing the hole) the floppy will be in read-write mode. Ordinarily the floppy will be in read-write mode, but this is just another item to check. I suspect that the issue will be with your fstab file, as Tinkster suggested. -- J.W.
 
Old 12-08-2003, 05:42 AM   #4
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I find that using a really simple entry in the fstab can be very enlightening... if the floppy is physically read-only (due to the plastic tab mentioned above) then it'll tell you!

My fstab entry is as such:
Code:
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,users 0 0
From left to right:
The device name
The mount point
The filesystem (auto - some of my floppies are not msdos formatted)
The options (noauto - doesn't mount the floppy on boot; users - allows anyone to mount/umount the floppy).
Never too sure about the 0 and 0, but they work.
 
Old 12-08-2003, 09:09 AM   #5
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It states it can only mount it read only
I checked the little tab and tried it both ways - still states permission denied
 
Old 12-08-2003, 09:30 AM   #6
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When you run the mount command does the floppy have to be the drive
 
Old 12-08-2003, 09:30 AM   #7
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When you run the mount command does the floppy have to be in the drive
 
Old 12-08-2003, 01:17 PM   #8
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Yes, definitely ...

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Old 12-08-2003, 04:38 PM   #9
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Thanks guys

So I finally got it to copy to the cd - What do I need to do to get it from CD to other computer??

Do I need to remount it??
 
Old 12-08-2003, 05:12 PM   #10
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umount on first machine before removing media
mount on second machine


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Old 12-08-2003, 05:14 PM   #11
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nm - I go the answer - I need to remount it - basically reload the drives and tell linux to look at it - and it won't erase anything

Linux - Got to love it
 
Old 12-08-2003, 05:15 PM   #12
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What happens if you don't unmount it
 
Old 12-08-2003, 05:23 PM   #13
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Try it ;)

Well, several things can happen. The data might not be
on the disk since Linux does write caching. You will most
likely be unable to mount another floppy :)


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Old 12-08-2003, 05:28 PM   #14
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You say that so cheerfully

I'm gonna go to computer lab in about 2 hrs to see if I can copy it from floppy - hopefully all will be well
 
  


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