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Re: a1200 and fat floppies, 2.2.25



On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 09:36:19PM +0400, zmej serow wrote:
> > > i can't access pc-formatted floppies under 2.2.25, amiga1200.
> > > amiga standard ones[ affs] worked fine. mount -t vfat and mount -t msdos
> > > spit this on current console and continuously trying to read something
> > > from floppy, making noise and MFM_HEADER lines every ~0.7 seconds:
> 
> > You need to use /dev/mfd0 for MS-DOS format floppies. I'm not sure if
> > the node is created by default, if not you might be able to create it
> > with MAKEDEV.
> 
> thanks a lot. i've just googled for "MAKEDEV /dev/mfd0" and found
> an pretty old[ "at this time, two kernel trees exist: 0.9.x and 1.2.13plx" ;)]
> document about linux/m68k.. so, "mknod /dev/mfd0 b 2 4" works fine.

Then you must have used an old version of google, the same thing came up on
june 9 on this list, including answer and I've added it to the FAQ the same
day.

> but why /dev/mfd0 doesn't exist in current debian/m68k distribution?

Because floppies are supposed to be broken? I haven't used a floppy on my
Amiga in ages, actually about a year ago I had to order DD floppies,
because I stored all amiga floppies about 5000 miles from my Amiga.
Yesterday, when linux-2.4.20 failed to write a new kernel to my Amiga
partitions, I thought about writing the kernel to a floppy, but realized
quickly it would not fit. And since nobody wrote a driver for the catweasel
yet, I had to reboot three times to get the new kernel to the Amiga
partition, just to find out that it does not boot... so IMHO floppies
on Amiga are useless. Heck, I could not even write backups of my OS disks to
those floppies and install from scratch after my two harddisks died
simultaneously. I wish I could use flash media on the Amiga, like a USB
reader/writer or a PCMCIA/CF adapter that I use on the Vaios... or somebody
fixes affs for 2.4.x, or Amililo for 060. But I guess I'll have to create a
fat partition on my next harddisk.

Christian
-- 
http://people.debian.org/~cts/debian-m68k/woody



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