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Old 07-06-2004, 07:19 AM   #1
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How to find permissions for a floppy drive?

Hi - I've got an ongoing problem with trying to write to my floppy drive while using ANY desktop GUI - it works fine at the Linux commandline.

One of the suggestions given to me was to check the permissions for the drive - but I'm too newbie to know how to do that. Or how to change them, if they're set wrong.

Can someone help me with this? Thanks!
Old 07-06-2004, 07:53 AM   #2
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ls -l /dev/fd0

should tell you the permissions for your floppy. The output
should look something like this (possibly not exactly) :

brw-rw---- 1 root floppy 2, 0 May 14 1996 /dev/fd0

The first part means that the owner and the group can read and write.
The owner is root and the group is floppy.

If you can write to floppy from a terminal as a normal user your permissions
should be ok.
How are you for reading cdrom?

By default Slackware only allows root to mount these devices.

post the ls -l output for /dev/fd0 and for /dev/cdrom.
Also post your /etc/fstab.
Old 07-10-2004, 06:38 PM   #3
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Please see my latest post for the most recent developments.
Do a search on my name to get it - jhecht

I wound up re-formatting and re-installing the whole Slack pack - which changed my problem, but didn't fix it. (sob)


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