Originally Posted by cackerso
OK, after doing a bit of reading I think what I'm asking is the following: Can the floppy drive be auto-mounted at boot? I figure I can link it with the KDE desktop options or see it with Konqueror if it can be auto-mounted. If the answer is yes, then how do I do it? I can manually mount and umount it. The CD auto-mounts so there is a package somewhere that does it. From the posts I've looked at this is part of HAL, but so far I haven't found anything that explains how to make the floppy detected like the CD is. I guess next I'll try and see what folks do about zip drives, which I assume resemble floppies in how they are accessed.
PC-BSD doesn't mount floppy by default as very few people are still using it (like me) but it is very simple.
perm /dev/fd0 0666
/dev/fd0 /usr/home/Pedja/mnt/floppy msdosfs rw, noauto 0 0
/usr/home/Pedja/mnt/floppy is my mounting point
Reboot the computer without the floppy disk in the floppy drive.
After the reboot when you insert floppy click on Computer(I do not know equivalent in KDE as I am using Gnome) you should see the floppy. When you click on it, it will automatically mount and you can use as any other file system.
You have to umount (you can do it through GUI at least on my Gnome) before you
pull out floppy as you will compromise data.
You can format floppy with the comand fdformat (read man fdformat to see how)
You can also write this on the floppy either by coping file by file with cp comand or
using dd utility if you want let say to create bootable floppy (read man dd)