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Old 08-20-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Question Make floppy writeable during Linux boot?


Hi,Experts
Is it possible to make a floppy writeable during Linux boot or does this have to be done via terminal as required after booting.
I have a feeling anything is possible with Linux!
Thanks.
 
Old 08-20-2015, 04:20 PM   #2
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well seeing as a 3.5 or 5.25 in disk has to be inserted FIRST

before it can be mounted

are you trying to boot from floppy ( aka like it was 1980's )

anyway floppies are wrote to ON UNMOUNT

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Old 08-20-2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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It is entirely possible. What exactly are you trying to write to the floppy, and when? Are you logging the boot process to the floppy? To do this you would setup the filesystem in /etc/fstab, probably as the /var filesystem.

Code:
# fstab

/dev/fd0  /var  vfat  defaults 0  0
 
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:38 PM   #4
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Most of the floppies have a slider that must be positioned properly before being inserted to make it writable.
 
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:53 PM   #5
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If you add it to your fstab file & don't have it inserted when you boot up the system will hang.
It is best to mount them as & when necessary.
 
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:31 PM   #6
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If you DO want in the fstab file you can always mark it with the options "noauto,user", which will allow anyone to mount it, and the system will not try to mount it at boot time.

This allows it to not hang if a floppy isn't in the drive.
 
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