3 Your comment in post #4
"EDIT: Also, with the right fstab entry, you do not need root privileges to mount, unmount, read or copy from floppy disks".
That would be really helpful not to have to go to root - so I would appreciate the right fstab entry.
Do you mean to say you've been doing all this as root? You should not have to. Everything I've covered, unless noted otherwise, can be done as a regular user. I can mount and unmount floppies as a regular user.
1 Yes please, I want to create desktop files for mounting and unmounting the disks. (Your post #1)
Copy and paste this to a text editor. Save the file as floppy_mount.desktop.[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Mount a floppy disk
Copy and paste this to a text editor. Save the file as floppy_unmount.desktop.[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Unmount a floppy disk
After saving both files, move or copy them to ~/.local/share/applications directory. ~ is your home directory, and .local is a hidden folder in your home directory. Once the two desktop files are in ~/.local/share/applications, you will see two new entries in the File Tools section of the PCLinuxOS menu. Select MountFloppy or UnmounFloppy from the menu to do what is indicated. If you wish, you can also copy the two desktop files you created to your ~/Desktop folder. The icons will then show on your desktop. There may be more to it than that if you're using KDE4.
2 Just for info . . here is the line in Mtab entry
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy vfat ro,nosuid,nodev,users,umask=0,iocharset=utf8,flush 0 0
(I don't know if it's relevant or correct)
I wasn't sure, either. So I mounted a floppy with the write tab on, then off. The result is that if the write tab is on, mtab entry will show ro
. If the write tab is off, mtab entry will show rw
I still use /mnt/floppy rather than /media/floppy, because in the past, the floppy formatting utility expected to find it there. I don't know if this has changed or not, but this rather simple /etc/fstab entry has always worked for me.
I don't know if it's changed or not, either. I did not choose the mount point. Diskdrake did when I ran the setup utility in PCC > Local disks > Floppy drive. Because removeable media mount points are now normally in the /media directory, I left things alone. The Floppy.desktop file you're showing looks like it has a bit more functionality than the two I created. If one was not using a KDE desktop, I'm not sure what to substitute for kfloppy and dolphin.