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Re: [SLE] floppy format? not ACTION cue
  • From: Stephen W <winstephen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 17:46:23 -0700 (PDT)
  • Message-id: <20040512004623.85116.qmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

--- Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wednesday 12 May 2004 02.18, Stephen W wrote:
> > Well, I am learning... and formating floppies is
> one
> > thing I am working on ... (oops, excuse that
> > preposition at the end of a sentence) :)
> >
> > Here is what I got from the shell command (a
> little
> > humor and an unuseable command)
> >
> > winstephen@linux:~> format /dev/floppy
> > Error: The DOS concept of formatting disk media is
> > screwed.
> > If you want to create a filesystem use
> "mkfs".
> > To format a floppy, use
> > "fdformat /dev/fd0" and then "mkfs.minix
> > /dev/fd0".
> > winstephen@linux:~> fdformat /dev/fd0 | mkfs.minix
> > /dev/fd0
>
> Oh, don't use | there. the pipe will take the output
> from the command before
> the sign and use it as input to the command after.
> While it might not do any
> harm in this particular case, it's probably not what
> you want to do.
>
> If you want to have two commands on the same line,
> use && to separate them.
>
> > bash: mkfs.minix: command not found
> > winstephen@linux:~> fdformat /dev/fd0
> > Double-sided, 80 tracks, 18 sec/track. Total
> capacity
> > 1440 kB.
> > Formatting ...
> >
> > When I tried to do the mkfs.minix .dev.fd0 as a
> stand
> > alone I got the same error message:
> >
> > command not found... and the shell told me to do
> it.
>
> I know it says that, but it's not a very good
> suggestion, unless you're only
> going to use the floppy in linux systems. If you
> want the disk to be readable
> in a windows machine, you want to use
>
> /sbin/mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0
>
> But if you have the floppy disk icon on your
> desktop, you can also just
> right-click on it and select Actions->format

I right click on it and I do not have an option for
ACTIONS... (wish I did)

It will only be used for linux (I want to put in a new
drive, instill SUSE on it and boot it from floppy... )




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