The floppy ioslave gives you easy access to the floppy disk drives installed on your system.
The drive letter becomes the first subdirectory
in the floppy URL. Let's say there is a file
logo.png on your floppy
disk in drive A, then the URL will be
If you want to access drive B,
floppy:/b will do it.
floppy:/ is a shortcut for floppy:/a.
Note that floppy:/logo.png means you have a disk drive
To use it you need to have the mtools package
installed, and the floppy ioslave supports everything the various mtools
command line utilities support. You don't have to mount your floppy disks,
floppy:/ in any KDE 3.x app and you will be able to
read from and write to your floppy drive.
It also works with USB sticks, ZIP and JAZ drives.
You can use floppy:/u for the USB stick and floppy:/z for the zip drive, for example.
To make this work, you might need to adjust your
/etc/mtools file. See the manpage
The ioslave gives read and write access to the floppy drive, but not simultaneously. While you can read and write to the floppy during the same session, reading and writing have to happen one after the other, not at the same time.
Author: Alexander Neundorf