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May 1, 2011

I currently discovered a problem when using the floppy drive /dev/fd0: I can't use it. I can mount /dev/fd0 as normal, can create/write a file, but it is not written to the floppy disk. Instead of that the current program (eg vim) hangs (or is "uninterruptable") until I remove the floppy disk from the drive. Because of the removal I get several errors in /var/log/messages. What I'm doing:

== snip ==
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt
echo "TEST" > /mnt/test
sync [--> HANG until I remove the floppy disk]
[sync "completes"/terminates, insert floppy disk]
umount /mnt
== snap ==

(In this example I used echo instead of vim, because it behaves the same in this situation) The errors I get are as follows:


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