By default, Edubuntu 5.10 configures the floppy diskette drive (/dev/fd0) so that

  • Anyone can mount it, but only the user who mounted it can unmount it
  • Only the user who mounted it can write to it

This document explains how to configure Linux so that anyone can mount, unmount, or write to a floppy diskette without restriction, like some other popular operating systems.

Change the floppy diskette drive entry in /etc/fstab file

sudo nano --nowrap /etc/fstab


/dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto  0       0


/dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto rw,users,noauto,fmask=111,dmask=000  0   0

Note that user is changed to users and the permission masks are specified. fmask=111 means for regular files, deny execute permission to all (chmod a-x) and allow all other permissions. dmask=000 means for directories, do not deny any permission.

man fstab and man mount and man chmod for more information.


MakeFloppyDriveAvailableToEveryone (last edited 2008-10-17 22:32:05 by littlergirl)