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Old 08-29-2003, 03:36 PM   #1
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Automount Floppy Not Working

CD automounts but floppy doesn't, why? any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

OS is RedHat V9.

Following is the relevant info:


/etc/init.d/autofs status:

Configured Mount Points:
/usr/sbin/automount --timeout 60 /misc file /etc/auto.misc

Active Mount Points:
/usr/sbin/automount --timeout 60 /misc file /etc/auto.misc


/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0


/misc /etc/auto.misc --timeout=60


cd -fstype=iso9660,ro,nosuid,nodev :/dev/cdrom
floppy -fstype=vfat :/dev/fd0
Old 08-29-2003, 03:38 PM   #2
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I could be wrong here as I never used automount before, but how can a floppy be automounted? You still have to put the floppy in and the floppydrive doesn't have any sensors to know there's a floppy in it.
Old 08-29-2003, 05:03 PM   #3
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Well, if that's the case it would go a long way toward explaining why I can't get it to work!

I thought it would automount whenever a floppy was inserted into the drive but obviously that can't happen if the drives don't detect that.
Old 08-29-2003, 05:36 PM   #4
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That is correct. Floppies won't the automount notation in fstab is useless. However, if you are using KDE, a simple double-click on the floppy icon will mount the floppy.

Here is something more important about floppies. Unmounting. DO NOT...repeat DO NOT take the floppy out without unmounting it first!

The reason for this is that, in UNIX/Linux, if you write to a floppy, sometimes the writing doesn't actually occur until the unmount!! So...make sure you get into the habit of unmounting it first. You can do this by right-clicking the floppy icon and selecting unmount, or

$ umount /mnt/floppy

and then you are OK.

Note that the command is umount, not unmount.

Have fun!
Old 08-09-2004, 10:25 AM   #5
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autofs works this way round:

(eg floppy set op in autofs to mount to /mnt/floppy)

1) you try to access /mnt/floppy
2) autofs makes the directory
3) autofs mounts the floppy
4) when you've not accessed the device for longer than the timeout, autofs umounts the device
5) the directory dissappears

You will not find the floppy unless you navigate to where it should appear

With autofs you do not create the directory a device mounts into. You will only see the directories a device mounts to when you have already navigated there

You may need to remove the device from your fstab to avoid confusion.

My problem is stopping kudzu from adding the entries back into fstab once i've made a point of deleteing them


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