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Old 02-11-2004, 10:24 PM   #1
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Kfloppy unable to format floppy under USER


Hi everyone:

Well, like they say "no good deed ever goes unpunished!"

While trying to help another user with a floppy drive problem, I looked at mine and realize that Kfloppy has a strange problem.

Kfloppy will ONLY format a disk via it when I am logged in as root.(that is fully logged into KDE as root, not just "su") If I try to use Kfloppy as a normal user it comes up with:

"can not access /dev/fd0 h1440
Make sure that the device exists and that you have write permission to it"

My /dev/fd0 works flawlessly. I can mount/unmount via terminal and via icon/shortcut without a problem. I can write to it, transfer files, properly. I can even format it IF I run it via the termial ( # fdformat /dev/fd0) as root (although I don't really now if I am supposed to be able to format via terminal as regular user[?])

I have checked permissions and they appear correct (brw--rw-----) I went as far as to try to give write/read/exec permissions totally in order to troubleshoot if it was a permission issues, but still the same. I have changed owners just to troubleshoot and still the same results

I thought it could be the new KDE 3.2. since I could use Kfloppy with 3.1.4 and 3.1.5 I updated to 3.2 via Swaret last week and all went without a hitch. However, the fact that I can still use Kfloppy logged in as root, leads me to think otherwise.

Before I send a bug-report to the KDE folks, has anyone experience something like it? Any ideas of what could be?

Thanks!

Best regards...
 
Old 02-12-2004, 04:38 PM   #2
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Try editing your /etc/group file adding yourself (as user) to floppy group.
You can do this through Kuser as well.
This should fix the problem
Ciao
 
Old 02-12-2004, 06:25 PM   #3
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Originally posted by urka58
Try editing your /etc/group file adding yourself (as user) to floppy group.
You can do this through Kuser as well.
This should fix the problem
Ciao
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try that and see what happens.

Best regards....
 
Old 02-12-2004, 06:35 PM   #4
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Originally posted by urka58
Try editing your /etc/group file adding yourself (as user) to floppy group.
You can do this through Kuser as well.
This should fix the problem
Ciao
urka58:

Tried your suggestion and it worked like a charmed!!

I had assumed when I changed permissions to -rwx- to everyone/all groups, to test it that it would work. Now with your suggestion I relaized that I thought that all of the users were part of the floppy group as default, and I was wrong! That's what I get for assuming!

Thanks again!

Best regards...
 
  


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