Re: Floppy handling

From: Goswin Brederlow (
Date: Mon Jun 19 2000 - 15:26:21 EST

>>>>> " " == Xavier Bestel <> writes:

> To make floppy access right (joe-user wise) under linux, we
> need to: - treat it as a special case:

> - start writing to floppy as soon as possible (not waiting for
> update to flush dirty buffers)

> - each time the floppy light is off (i.e. we just finished a
> write op) leave the filesystem in a "now unmountable" state,
> i.e. forcefully ejecting it would cause no harm (neither
> on-disk nor in the kernel), but reading it would still use
> previously cached data.

> unfortunately, this doesn't seem possible with the current
> architecture.

But that would be the best, not only for floppy but for all devices.

That way, when Linux does actually crash (like when the power fails
:), filesystems could still be clean, because linux wasn't writing to
it for some time.

May the Source be with you.

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