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Posted on 05-24-2002 09:03 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: "Mark W. Krentel" <krentel@dreamscape.com>

> I was copying webpages on desktop with Mandrake 8.0
> and wanted to read them on my laptop with Red Hat 5.1
...
> couldn't mount because of unsupported optional features.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Floppies are interchangeable, but file system revisions are not.
The problem is that Mandrake 8.0 is (by default) using new file
system options that RH 5.1 doesn't know about. [And ironically,
the "features" are basically pointless and only create compatibility
problems.]

Personally, I don't like using ext2 filesystems on floppies. But if
you want to do that, you can easily turn the features off with mke2fs.
Use "mke2fs -r 0 -O none /dev/fd0". That's "-r 0" with 0=zero and
"-O none" with O=capital Oh. Or, just format the floppies on RH.
Anything that RH 5.1 creates, Mandrake 8.0 can read. And read
"man mke2fs".

But better (IMHO) is to use mtools with DOS format floppies.
Then it's even portable with MS Windows.

And if you have an ethernet port in your laptop, the best solution
(MUCH faster and higher capacity) is to run ethernet between the two
and use FTP or NFS.

--Mark

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