[CS-FSLUG] Linux used to handle floppies really well.

Tim Young Tim.Young at LightSys.org
Sat Jul 30 10:39:02 CDT 2011

In the centos world, there is the mtools package.  Is that what you 
are looking for?

     - Tim

# rpm -ql mtools
(snip the manpages for all of them)

On 7/30/2011 8:22 AM, davidm at hisfeet.net wrote:
> I may be the only one who still wants to use floppies - but I doubt it.
> Most computers don't come with a floppy drive anymore, But most desktops
> until very recently came with a plug for it, and there are still sites
> that will sell new "old style" internal floppy drives or USB floppy
> drives. But I'm having an awful time getting my desktop to use that
> hardware.
> The internal floppy that I have connected sill boot the machine, so I.m
> pretty sure that the connections and bios settings are all right.
> Furthermore I can use  udisks to mount a mountable floppy (udisks --mount
> /media/floppy), and then read from or write to that floppy. then I can use
> udisks to unmount it (udisks --unmount /media/floppy).
> But if I have a disk that won't mount, and I want to try to format it, I
> find no way to get at it to try and format it. That wasn't always the
> case. In fact when I first started playing with linux it was far more
> flexible in dealing with floppys than DOS.
> Is there some simple remedy that I'm missing?
> Dave
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