floppy driver bug: write-protect

Brad Midgley brad at pht.com
Mon Nov 16 12:27:09 EST 1998

is this a known bug?

on intel linux, if you try to mount a write-protected floppy disk
read-write, the mount succeeds but is demoted to read-only. 

the current pmac kernel will mount the disk read-write and will allow
"writes" to the disk. the writes even appear to succeed and the mounted
filesystem returns really strange results when you look at it (it's
caching the "writes" and everything seems normal until uncached data has
to be loaded from the disk!)

is it known how to query the drive for the write-protect status? does this
problem affect any other removable media?


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