setfdprm(1) sets user-provided floppy disk parameters


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setfdprm [-p] device media-description

setfdprm [-c | -y | -n] device


setfdprm is a utility that can be used to load disk parameters into the auto-detecting floppy devices and "fixed parameter" floppy devices, to clear old parameter sets and to disable or enable diagnostic messages. These parameters are derived from a media-description, see section Media description for more details.

Without any options, setfdprm loads the device (for example ∞/dev/fd0Integral or ∞/dev/fd1Integral) with a new parameter set with the name entry found in ∞/etc/mediaprmIntegral (usually named 360/360, etc.). For autodetecting floppy devices, these parameters stay in effect until the media is changed. For "fixed parameter" devices, they stay in effect until they are changed again.

Setfdprm can also be used by the superuser to redefine the default formats.


-p device name 
Permanently loads a new parameter set for the specified auto-configuring floppy device for the configuration with name in ∞/etc/mediaprmIntegral. Alternatively, the parameters can be given directly from the command line.
-c device 
Clears the parameter set of the specified auto-configuring floppy device.
-y device 
Enables format detection messages for the specified auto-configuring floppy device.
-n device 
Disables format detection messages for the specified auto-configuring floppy device.

Media description

Please see the Media description section in the full fdutils documentation:
- Texinfo documentation (info fdutils)
- HTML documentation in /usr/share/doc/fdutils/Fdutils.html
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See Also

Fdutils' texinfo doc