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Date:      Wed, 13 Sep 1995 20:51:21 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Chuck Robey <>
To:        David Sward <>
Subject:   Re: HELP
Message-ID:  <>
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On Wed, 13 Sep 1995 wrote:

> Hello,
>      I hope that I have sent mail to the right place.  I could use some help 
> please.  I now have FreeBSD 2.0 on my system using the boot manager that came 
> with it.  I am just trying to learn how to use UNIX. It was something 
> differant and I wanted to learn it.  Back to buisness.  I have tried to load 
> the new FreeBSD 2.0.5 on my system.  I can't seem to get to the partition that 
> I have set aside for BSD.  I also do not know how to mount a floppy in BSD.  I 
> really want to try FreeBSD instead of lynux.  It took me over 2 months to load 
> 2.0. I bought two copies of the cd-rom and even bought a new cd-rom 
> drive.(Mitsumi).  It finaly took but I only have the base system on and am 
> lost.  I really do not what to fdisk my dos and os2 off the rest of the 
> drives.  It is a pain to reload:)
> I would appriciate any help you could give me.
> Please return E-mail me at
> I don't read this mail to often.

I hope you mean you don't read your mail at ibm too often, cause if you 
don't read this, I can't help you.  Installing FreeBSD really ought to be 
fairly painless.  Sometimes it can get a bit more complicated, depending 
on your hardware, so how about telling us about it, including all the IRQ 
setting for all the equipment and disks, and the IO address settings.
General stuff about your disks and partitioning would be a help, too, 
because our view of your problem is through your eyes ... use a 
magnifying glass for us, OK?

Down to your mounting question.  You use the 'mount' command, which has 
the '-t' flag to indicate the filesystem type.  In your case, it's called 
'msdos'.  You're going to need a directory mount point for your floppy, 
you might want to create an empty directory under root called "floppy" 
with this command (as root user):

mkdir /floppy

Then mount the floppy with:

mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /floppy

Don't forget to unmount the floppy before you remove it from the drive, 
with the 'umount' command (umount, not unmount):

umount /floppy

This really should be painless, so give it a try.

Chuck Robey                 | Interests include any kind of voice or data          | communications topic, C programming, and Unix.
9120 Edmonston Ct #302      |
Greenbelt, MD 20770         | I run Journey2 and n3lxx, both FreeBSD
(301) 220-2114              | version 2.2 current -- and great FUN!

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