Accessing the floppy drive in RH6.0

Accessing the floppy drive in RH6.0

Post by Ilkka Karasal » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00

In RH6.0 a non-root user can be given access to
the floppy drive  by making the user a member of
the 'floppy' group, by

gpasswd -a fred floppy

This has the effect that the user 'fred' upon
logging in becomes the owner of all the files
/dev/fd*  and has the exclusive read and write
access to these files.  

However, in my RH6.0 system the ownership of
these files is changed back after a while to
'root' - apparently spontaneously, i.e. without
any login/logout activity on the system !?

This is, of course, a nuisance since as the only
user of my system I want my access rights to the
floppy to last until I log out.

What can be done about this ?

Ilkka Karasalo

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version 2.2.16) into Rescue mode by booting from the floppy drive, without
accessing the hard drive.  (This is because when I boot into Rescue mode for
real, I will have just formatted the linux filesystems on the hard drive,
and the root partition will not contain a /etc/fstab file. Hence
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mounted.)  FYI, I'm using LILO to dual boot the machine between Win 98 and
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With the Red Hat 6.2 Install CD in the local CD drive and the Red Hat
Install floppy in the floppy drive, I am able to boot into Rescue mode (by
entering "linux rescue" at the "boot:" prompt from the floppy).  (Due to
lack of BIOS support, the system cannot be booted directly from the CD.)

My problem is that after I get the bash shell prompt, I am unable to
mount or otherwise access any of the filesystems on  my hard drive
(/dev/hda1, /dev/hda3) or the floppy drive  (/dev/fd0).  In fact, in the
directory, the /dev/hda1, /dev/hda3 and /dev/fd0 devices don't even exist.

Does anybody know how I can boot into Rescue mode subject to the following
- Booting cleanly from the floppy,
- Without accessing  the hard drive during the boot process,
- But being able to manually access/mount the hard drive filesystems and the
floppy drive after booting.


Dave J.

P.S.  I also tried using the mkbootdisk command to create a boot floppy.
Booting from this floppy failed (kernel panic error message) when the root
filesystem could not be mounted.

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