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Bug#12122: marked as done (floppy creating problem )

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To: Jesse Goldman <jgoldman@hecate.fnal.gov>, submit@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: floppy creating problem 
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Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 23:47:37 +0100
From: Giuliano Procida <gpp10@cus.cam.ac.uk>
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Package: boot-floppies

J. Goldman wrote to sr1-boot-floppies:

> I haven't used the boot-floppies package in ages but I need to make
> a custom rescue disk now and I'm having some problems. I recall that
> the old package, if it didn't find a diskette in the drive, would
> dump a "rescue1440.bin" type file in the /usr/src/boot-floppies
> directory which I could then dump to disk manually. Not only can't I
> get the package to do this anymore but there are a number of other
> strange errors which cause the package to crash. I've included the
> errors below. As far as I know, I've installed all the packages on
> which boot-floppies depends. Could you let me know what I'm doing
> wrong? Thanks very much..

> ioctl: LOOP_CLR_FD: No such device or address

boot-floppies needs loop support in the kernel and may also need to
check for/create a spare loop device. It should probably check the
loop features before doing anything else, failing gracefully if it
cannot continue. Perhaps even a preinst test, or is that a no-no?

If this is due to something else then that's still a bug. :-)


ps When can we expect a libc6 boot-floppies for unstable?

pps If umsdos ever gets hacked to work with the new 2.1 dcache scheme
    it may become stable enough for me to have another go at a Debian
    install on UMSDOS.

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