Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 59825
gfloppy produces corrupt ext2 filesystem
Last modified: 2013-04-02 00:16:16 EDT
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Description of problem:
gfloppy from the menu->programs->utils->gfloppy and electing to use the ext2
file system format produces a floppy which cannot be removed and mounted later.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.insert floppy into drive
2. run menu->programs->utils->gfloppy from GNOME desktop
3. select ext2 file high density 3.5" discs (1.44M).
4. press format.
5. answer yes to format and no to format more disks
6. check disk format using /sbin/e2fsck -f /dev/hd0
Actual Results: lots of errors reported by e2fsck see attached created by
/sbin/e2fsck -f -n /dev/hd0
Expected Results: e2fsck verifies format OK.
disk can be removed and re-inserted with Nautilus finding the correct file
system on the floppy.
Created attachment 45564 [details]
output from e2fsck following execution of gfloppy.
Have you tried it with more than one floppy disk? At least 1 in 10 floppy disks
are just broken...
I have tried this on 2 separate installations of RH7.2 (a low cost notebook and
a home built desktop). I have tried 3 diferent floppies (2 on the desktop and 1
on the notebook) all with the same result.
The floppies seem to pass the low level format and the final check for bad
blocks (as reported by gfloppy) following the creation of the ext2 file system.
I am puzzled that this only seems to be a problem on these disks when using
gfloppy and that mke2fs does not show this problem.
Created attachment 95641 [details]
Output from 'e2fsck -f -n /dev/fd0' after formatting floppy with gfloppy.
Filed upstream at: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=133904