Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 202313
Unable to mount a vfat floppy
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:40 EST
Description of problem:
mounting a vfat formatted floppy fails.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
mount: unknown filesystem type 'vfat'
As far as I can tell I shouldn't have to install anything special to be able to
mount vfat floppies.
I also tried using -t msdos in case the man page was incorrect, but that didn't
This is low priority, since the floppy was written on a RH6.2 system and I redid
it again after reformatting the floppy as ext2, so it isn't blocking anything on
# mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
# mount | grep floppy
/dev/fd0 on /media/floppy type vfat (rw)
# uname -r
# rpm -q util-linux
# umount /media/floppy
# lsmod | grep fat
vfat 16833 0
fat 56285 1 vfat
... so, it works as expected. I think there must be some other problem. Please,
check your system logs, dmesg output and your kernel modules.
I just noticed that I hadn't rebooted after installing 2174 and that
/lib/modules had been updated and that is most likely the cause. I don't have
the floppy here and won't be able to confirm this until tonight. However
assuming that it does work tonight, I'll close out the ticket as NOTABUG.
I retested the floppy and it mounts now. So it looks like not having a modules
directory for the running kernel was the cause of my problems.