FDMOUNT(1)                          fdutils                         FDMOUNT(1)

       fdmount - Floppy disk mount utility

       fdmount [-l] [--list] [-d] [--daemon] [--detach] [-i interval ]
       [--interval interval ] [-o options ] [-r] [--readonly] [-s] [--sync]
       [--nosync] [--nodev] [--nosuid] [--noexec] [-f] [--force] [-h] [--help]
       [drivename [mountpoint] ]

       fdumount [-f] [--force] [drivename]


       fdmountd [-i interval ] [--interval interval ] [-r] [--readonly] [-s]
       [--sync] [--nodev] [--nosuid] [--noexec] [drivename [mountpoint] ]

       The fdmount program mounts a floppy disk in the specified drive. It
       tries to figure out the exact format and filesystem type of the disk
       from data in the disk's boot sector or super block and the auto-
       detected track layout.

       Currently, fdmount supports the filesystems minix, ext, ext2, xia, and
       msdos, and includes special support for disks formatted by the ms-dos
       2M utility.

       It also checks whether the disk is write protected, in which case it is
       mounted read-only.

       The symbolic drivename is (currently) one of fd[0-7], corresponding to
       the special device files /dev/fd[0-7]. If drivename is not specified,
       fd0 is assumed.

       The disk is mounted on the directory mountpoint, if specified, or on
       /fd[0-7].  In either case, the mount point must be an existing,
       writable directory.

       -l --list
              List all known drives with their symbolic name, type, and mount

       -d --daemon
              Run in daemon mode (see below).

              Runs daemon in background, and detaches it from its tty.
              Messages produced after the fork are logged to syslog.

       -p --pidfile file
              Dumps the process id of the daemon to file. This makes killing
              the daemon easier: kill -9 `cat file`

       -i --interval interval
              Set the polling interval for daemon mode. Unit is 0.1 seconds,
              default is 10 (1 second).

       -o --options options
              Sets filesystem-specific options. So far, these are only
              available for DOS and Ext2 disks. The following DOS options are
              supported: check, conv, dotsOK, debug, fat, quiet, blocksize.
              The following Ext2 options are supported: check, errors, grpid,
              bsdgroups, nogrpid, sysvgroups, bsddf, minixdf, resgid, debug,
              nocheck .  When running as a daemon, options not applying to the
              disk that is inserted (because of its filesystem type) are not
              passed to mount.

       -r --readonly
              Mount the disk read-only. This is automatically assumed if the
              disk is write protected.

       -s --sync
              Mount with the SYNC option.

              Mounts without the SYNC option, even when not running as daemon.

              Mount with the NODEV option. Ignored for msdos filesystems,
              otherwise always set for non-root users.

              Mount with the NOSUID option. Ignored for msdos filesystems,
              otherwise always set for non-root users.

              Mount with the NOEXEC option.

       -f --force
              Attempt a mount or unmount operation even /etc/mtab says that
              the drive is already mounted, or not mounted, respectively.
              This option is useful if /etc/mtab got out of sync with the
              actual state for some reason.

       -h --help
              Show short parameter description

       When mounting on the default mount point, the mount points' owner is
       set to the current user, and the access flags according to the user's
       umask.  For a specified mountpoint, owner and permissions are left
       unchanged. Default mount points are called /fd0, /fd1, ... , /fd7 .

       The user running fdmount must have read access to the floppy device for
       read only mounts, and read/write access for read/write mounts.

       Fdmount can be run suid root, allowing users to mount floppy disks. The
       following restrictions are placed upon non-root users:

       If a mountpoint is specified explicitly, it must be owned by the user.

       A user may only unmount a disk if the mount point is owned by the user,
       or if it the disk has been mounted by the same user.

       non-msdos disks are automatically mounted with the nodev and nosuid
       flags set.

       However, Do not rely on fdmount being secure at the moment.

       In daemon mode, the specified drive is periodically checked and if a
       disk is inserted, it is automatically mounted.

       When the disk is removed, it is automatically unmounted.  However, it
       is recommended to unmount the disk manually before removing it. In
       order to limit corruption, disks are mounted with the SYNC option when
       running in daemon mode, unless the --nosync flag is given.

       Note that this mode has some potential drawbacks:

       Some floppy drives have to move the drive head physically in order to
       reset the disk change signal. It is strongly recommended not to use
       daemon mode with these drives.  Refer to the floppycontrol(1)
       documentation for details.

       It is not possible to specify special options, like --readonly, to
       modify the mount process.

       If a disk does not contain a filesystem (e.g. a tar archive), the mount
       attempt may slow down initial access.

       As fdmount cannot identify the user trying to use the disk drive, there
       is no way to protect privacy. Disks are always mounted with public
       access permissions set.

       error opening device <name>

       error reading boot/super block
              fdmount failed to read the first 1K of the disk. The disk might
              be damaged, unformatted, or have a format unsupported by the
              FDC/Linux kernel.

       unknown filesystem type
              No magic number of any of the supported filesystems (see above)
              could be identified.

       sorry, can't figure out format (<fs> filesystem)
              The size of the filesystem on the disk is incompatible with the
              track layout detected by the kernel and an integer number of
              tracks. This may occur if the filesystem uses only part of the
              disk, or the track layout was detected incorrectly by the

       failed to mount <fs> <size>K-disk
              The actual mount(2) system call failed.

       failed to unmount
              The actual unmount(2) system call failed.

       cannot create lock file /etc/mtab~
              If /etc/mtab~ exists, you should probably delete it. Otherwise,
              check permissions.

       Can't access <mountpoint>
              Most probably, the default or specified mount point does not
              exist.  Use mkdir.

       <mountpoint> is not a directory

       not owner of <mountpoint>
              Non-root users must own the directory specified as mount point.
              (This does not apply for the default mount points, /fd[0-3].)

       No write permission to <mountpoint>
              Non-root users must have write permission on the mount point

       Not owner of mounted directory: UID=<uid>
              Non-root users cannot unmount if the mount point is owned (i.e.
              the disk was mounted) by another user.

       invalid drive name
              Valid drive names are fd0, fd1, fd2, fd3, fd4, fd5, fd6, fd7

       drive <name> does not exist
              The drive does not exist physically, is unknown to the Linux
              kernel, or is an unknown type.

       Drive <name> is mounted already
              Trying to mount a drive which appears to be mounted already.
              Use the --force option if you think this is wrong.

       Drive <name> is not mounted
              Trying to unmount a drive which does not appear to be mounted.
              Use the --force option if you think this is wrong.

       ioctl(...) failed
              If this occurs with FDGETDRVTYP or FDGETDRVSTAT, you should
              probably update your Linux kernel.

       mounted <fs> <size>K-disk (<options>)
              Success message.

       chown() fails for non-msdos filesystems mounted read-only, so the mount
       point may have the wrong owner.

       Fdmount should be more flexible about drive names and default mount
       points (currently hard coded).

       Probably not very secure yet (when running suid root).  Untested with
       ext and xia filesystems.

       Can't specify filesystem type and disk layout explicitly.

       In daemon mode, the drive light stays on all the time.

       /dev/fd[0-7] - Floppy devices

       /etc/mtab - Mounted filesystems table

       Rainer Zimmermann, zimmerm@mathematik.uni-marburg.de Alain Knaff,

       mount(1), mmount(1), superformat(1), floppycontrol(1), setfdprm(1)

fdutils                            12nov1995                        FDMOUNT(1)