Linux understand floppies written for DOS/Windows (and some other operating systems, but I will not explain that in this manual). However, floppies are one of the most unreliable pieces of hardware, so be ready for lots of mistakes and frustration when working with them.
As a general rule, DOS commands work in Linux if you prepend an m to the command name, for example, instead of copy you can use mcopy
All the commands below work once you have put the floppy in the drive.
However, if you get a message of the type permission denied,
you will need to contact the system administrator for setting up your
To list the contents of a floppy do
mdir Aor B if your machine has two drives. You can also list the contents of a directory in the floppy with a command like this one:
mdir A:directory-nameYou can change into a particular directory of a floppy with
mcd A:directory-nameIf you do this, all the results of floppy operations from this point onward will take place in the directory where you ahve changed to.
To copy a file from the hard disk into a floppy use:
mcopy file A:or
mcopy -t file A:if your file is an ASCII (text) file. To copy a file from the floppy into the hard disk use the above command with the roles of hard disk and floppy reversed, that is
mcopy A:file file-nameor
mcopy -t A:file file-nameTo make a directory in a floppy use:
To format a floppy simply issue the command:
To delete a file from a floppy to
mdel A:file-nameIn some machines (very few) you can operate your floppy as another Linux directory by "mounting" it. Try giving the command
mount /dev/fd0and then mount The last line of this command will tell you where your floppy is (usually in /floppy), if every thing went fine. Then you can use that directory (say /floppy) as any other Linux directory: copying is done with cp, deleting with rm, etc...