[frgeek-michiana] Re: Lab Notes, 05/24/05

  • From: "Mike Cook" <mikecook@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <frgeek-michiana@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 22:29:07 -0400

In fact there is a group called floppy. Strangely, it also doesn't have
write access to the floppy drive :-{.  It looks like there is some other
config file(s) for the autofs daemon.  I don't think it pays attention to
/etc/fstab except to note that it uses autofs.

Automount mini-Howto

HowTo Setup Linux AutoFS

I'll look at it further tomorrow.

On other notes the spreadsheet program, ABS, overlaps the edges of a 800x600
screen.  You cannot get to the close window icon or the file menu.  I found
that changing the window managers menu entries to "ABS -geometry 640x480"
to correct the problem (you can still maximize it if you wish but, now it
won't overlap the screen edges).  There may be a better way; it seems like
the program should be able to get the screen size from the window manager,
maybe ABS just doesn't.

I hopefully will be working on finding problems with 4.3 a bit over the
holiday.  Since I have been playing with my 4.3 install for a couple of
weeks, I blew away my 4.3 install and attempted a fresh install just to have
a baseline.  Suffice to say that I haven't been having the best of luck: 3
bad cdrom drives in a row and when I finally started to put in a known good
drive I pulled the ide cable connector apart.  Not my best nights work.  I
think maybe I should try again tomorrow.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Zimmerman" <richard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <frgeek-michiana@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:54 AM
Subject: [frgeek-michiana] Re: Lab Notes, 05/24/05

> I had a thought on this coming from audio problems I've had on Debian...
> See if the floppy drives have a "group" of users allowed to access the
> floppy drive. The answer might be as simple as adding 'guest' to a
> 'floppy' group. You might have to create a 'floppy' group and 'chown
> root:floppy /dev/fd0' and then add guest to the floppy group. Be worth a
> try.
> Goose
> Tom Brown wrote:
> > :: Floppy automount
> >
> > The 2.4.x kernel is configured with autofs support. In some way, VL
> > 4.3 is using autofs to automatically mount cdrom and floppy removable
> > media. However, when logged in as the "guest" user, the kernel fails
> > to automount the floppy disk yet it always automounts cdroms. When
> > logged in as root, the kernel always mounts floppy disks.
> >
> > This behavior is annoying. Users would have to learn to mount and
> > unmount floppies to take work saved on diskette to and from school or
> > the office. We are unlikely to teach how to su to root, mount and
> > unmount media at the FreeBox classes. I developed a work around which
> > is not perfect, but buys us time.
> >
> > Mike and I are researching the automount problem. Mike is also
> > compiling a list of problems he and others have found with VL 4.3.
> > Once we have identified and corrected or worked around the problems,
> > we will post a report to Vector Linux developers and to our own web
> -- 
> Richard "Goose" Zimmerman
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