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Floppy disk access as a regular user?

First, set the permissions on /dev/fd0 to 0666:
brw-rw-rw-   1 root     disk       2,   0 Jul 22 19:04 /dev/fd0
Now, any user can read from and write to the floppy disk using the mtools 
gaf at gaf:~ > mcopy foo.c a:
gaf at gaf:~ > mdir a:
 Volume in drive A has no label
 Volume Serial Number is 73D1-6920
Directory for A:/

foo      c         130 11-18-1999  20:42
        1 file                  130 bytes
                          1 457 152 bytes free

gaf at gaf:~ > tar cvf /dev/fd0 foo.c

One thing you cannot do is to mount the device. Only root can mount the 

You can format the floppy: mformat a:

With mtools, a: is /dev/fd0.
"Kevin M. Gleason" wrote:
> Can anyone give me explicit steps to give users access to the floppy
> drive. I'm running Red Hat 6.1 and tried assigning each user (Guest
> user) to group Floppy but that doesn't do it.
> Thanks for your help!

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
Boston Linux and Unix user group

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