Floppy formatting utility
This is a Linux utility program that is used to format floppy disks. It is
a replacement for
fdformat, that works with both the standard
floppy controller-connected disk drives, and ATAPI IDE floppy drives (also
known as LS-120 drives or "Superdisk" drives). This is a very novice-friendly
utility that includes both a command line interface (the
command) and a GTK front end (59kb
ATAPI IDE/LS-120 format support requires Linux kernel 2.4.10, or higher.
This utility was originally written to support the ATAPI IDE/LS-120 format
functionality. Support for the floppy controller-connected disk drives was
added in afterwards. This utility is much more novice-friendly than
fdformat. For example: the command "
a:" will format the floppy disk whether the first floppy disk drive is
a floppy controller drive, or an LS-120 drive.
For additional documentation, see the installed
floppy(8) manual page.
Download the most recent version of the floppy utility from
Installation is straightforward:
./configure make make install
See README for Fedora and Red Hat installation instructions.
Anonymous CVS access to the source code is available:
CVSROOT=:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/floppyutil export CVSROOT cvs login # Press ENTER when asked for the password cvs -z3 co floppyutil ./autobloat
NOTE: you need to have
installed in order to build from CVS. The repository does not contain
Makefile.in, and other
autoconf/automake-generated files. After extracting from CVS, run the
autobloat to conveniently create those scripts.