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 Wouldn't noatime be good enough?
Author: Colin Percival 
Date:   04-01-02 13:29

Wouldn't it be enough in this case just to mount the disk noatime? Floppy drives are so slow to begin with that I personally wouldn't want to have access times recorded even if the disk was writeable.

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 Re: Wouldn't noatime be good enough?
Author: Dan Langille 
Date:   04-01-02 20:09

Now there's an option I didn't know which existed. Good point.

Yes, you could mount it noatime. But that almost amounts to the same thing as readonly.

AFAIK, moves are under way in the fd driver to notice that a write-protected floppy has been inserted, and to automagically mount it read-only.

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 Re: Wouldn't noatime be good enough?
Author: Servent of "I AM" 
Date:   08-01-02 18:54

Why are we using floppies? Cost per kilobyte would suggest CD has replaced the floppy. I am sad to see it go, as it was nice to dump data and run but CDs w/ burncd being free and fast, go for that.

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 Re: Wouldn't noatime be good enough?
Author: Dan Langille 
Date:   10-01-02 02:07

Servent of "I AM" wrote:
>
> Why are we using floppies?

Because they are small, cheap, and reliable.

> Cost per kilobyte would
> suggest CD has replaced the floppy. I am sad to see it go,
> as it was nice to dump data and run but CDs w/ burncd being
> free and fast, go for that.

A CD was not a option.

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 Re: Wouldn't noatime be good enough?
Author: robert garrett 
Date:   13-01-02 16:48

since when is a floppy reliable?

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 Re: Wouldn't noatime be good enough?
Author: Dan Langille 
Date:   14-01-02 01:27

I take your point. But reliable is a relative term. We rely on boot floppies when we install. That's sufficient reliabilty for the situation. And for what I needed to do in these circumstances.

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 Re: Wouldn't noatime be good enough?
Author: shanson 
Date:   03-02-02 20:00

Why use flopiies? We use write-protected floppies to keep our AIDE database on critical machines. If we get rooted, the bad-guy can't change the AIDE db unless he is physically present to slide the write-protect tab on the floppy. An alarm gets set off if either AIDE finds an error or if AIDE is not run at least once an hour

Which also means that anytime I make a change on one of these machines, I have to remember to umount the diskette, slide the tab, remount it rw, remake the AIDE db, unmount, reslide, remount ro. In any round of security patches I generally set off at least one alarm inadvertantly.

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