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Mounting external floppy under Solaris

Posted on 2003-11-18
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I am trying to install an external floppy under Solaris 9. It is a SCSI device and visible with "scsi-probe-all". It has address 4 on the SCSi chain. I can see a floppy mount point /dev/fd, but when I attempt to cd to the floppy, I get the message "directory does not exist".  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!
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Question by:fdisk23
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shivsa earned 125 total points
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could u send us the complete output for scsi-probe-all output for floppy disk.

also after putting floppy driver.
run the drvconfig to configure floppy drive and let kernel create special files for floppy drive.

mount  -F   pcfs -o rw /dev/diskette0 /mnt

for more information,
man mount
man mount_pcfs.


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also check the vold daemon, it is volume manager and take care of floppy like device on boot time.

if u prefer to boot, then boot with -r option and everything will be taken care of solaris. your floppy will be mounted and all.
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by:rayktrz
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/dev/fd is NOT a mount point for floppy devices - it is for file descrptors.
    /dev/fd/0 is standard in
    /dev/fd/1 is standard out
    /dev/fd/2 is standard error
always with reference to the current process

the floppy devices are /dev/fd0 /dev/fd1 ...

was the unit plugged in when the system reconfiration booted, as it is a scsi device the usual rules for detecting floppies are not true ( but it should look like a cd type device, that is removable media ).

The comments from shivsa look good though.
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by:fdisk23
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Thanks all for your input. The problem was the driver for the SCSI controller. After I applied the latest Sun Solaris 9 patches, it worked fine.

I think shivsa deserves the point, however, since he took the time to respond right away.
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