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Old 08-27-2003, 11:32 PM   #1
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How to mount Solaris 2.6 Floppy?

Hi Folks,

new, new, newbie....

I have a 3.5" diskette created by a NAPA TAMS computer that runs on Solaris 2.6 No idea what size the disk is formatted to. Was originally a DOS formatted 1.44MB, but TAMS has reformatted it.

I'm trying to:
1.) Transfer the file(s)? on that diskette to my PC using Slackware Linux 9.0.

2.) Edit the data in Microsoft Access 2.0 (which is supposed to be able to import UNIX files)
3.) Write the revised data back to the Solaris floppy
4.) Import the revised data back into the TAMS system.

mount -t minix /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy doesn't seem to do it

"mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/fd0,
or too many mounted file systems" message

I have succesfully set up networking and removable zip drives, so copying the files from the floppy to a location where I'll be able to access them doesn't seem to be a problem. I JUST need to be able to mount the darn floppy to begin with.

Please help if you can, and I apologize in advance if this is one of those "Jeez, someone asks this stupid question every day" scenarios.

Old 09-03-2003, 12:49 AM   #2
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I think Solaris uses UFS as the file system, but you can always try mounting with:

mount -t auto /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

this will try to autodetect the file system on the floppy and will tell you what it is so next time you can mount it directly.

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Old 09-04-2003, 09:17 PM   #3
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Hi Jalal,
Thanks for the reply (and the welcome)

I think I tried that...

I was talking to NAPA TAMS support tech today, and he believes that the filesystem used for this is PCFS.
I just did the "Ask Jeeves" thing... It looks like PCFS is a Solaris x86 platform only thing. I also found some threads that mention MTOOLS, so that is the next thing I'll try to track down...

Any other ideas, folks?

Thx again,


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