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Old 08-27-2006, 01:29 AM   #1
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Question Floppy has gone from Computer icon

I have a athlon 64 system which was ok running Fedora core 5 until I did the software Updater.
Now the floppy is missing from the computer icon if it is mounted manually no-one except root has access. The old kernel version was 2.6.17-1.2145_FC5.stk16 now it is 2.6.17-1.2174_FC5
which grub has set as the default. When the new kernel boots is says no pre-built modules available also spamd does not appear to be running when Evolution is running.
When gfloppy is run from a prompt is says cannot initalize device. Used to be able to save a file from anywhere, but the floppy has disappeared.

Thanks in advance
Old 08-28-2006, 04:53 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by nigelc
Now the floppy is missing from the computer icon if it is mounted manually no-one except root has access.
I don't know about the rest of your problems, but you can configure /etc/fstab either to allow the owner of /dev/fd0 to mount it, or to allow any user to mount it. For example, my fstab contains the line:

/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             auto    noauto,owner,nosuid 0 0
Which allows the owner of /dev/fd0 to mount it.

On the other hand,

dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             auto    noauto,user,nosuid 0 0
would allow any user to mount it. Probably the most common situation is to have a FAT filesystem on the floppy. In that case, the owner that mounted it would own all of the files and directories (until it is unmounted -- the FAT filesystem itself doesn't store such info).

The permissions on the files (with FAT fs) would reflect the mounter's umask at the time. I.e. if the umask was 002, then the permissions would be rwxrwxr-x.

I hope this helps you until you solve your underlying problem(s).
Good luck.


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