Emulate This! Part 1

I am not who I appear to be...

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Mutant's picture

Very cool! I never knew. Reminds me of PCTools in a way. Now I got a new book to buy.

- Peace -

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Anonymous's picture

Just gotta love mtools! I'm writing a novel in emacs and find backing up my day's work with meta-x shell and "mcopy * a:" is the easiest way to do it.

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tompoe's picture

Marcel, Marcel, Marcel! Keep the articles coming. Discovering new things each day, and with such concise, clear, descriptive, and entertaining discussion. Love your work!


P.S. I buy your book as soon as I get a job. Don't hold your breath on this, as I've been looking since I was laid off in July of 2001.

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Anonymous's picture

mtools? Yeah, I used to use mtools. Great little package, makes dealing with a floppy from a Windows-using co-worker a lot easier.

I don't use it any more, though. Now, I just click on the little "Floppy" icon on my KDE desktop, and a Konqueror window appears (in file manager mode). I copy files and directories to/from the floppy with drag-and-drop, delete with a right-click menu, and display the contents of the file with a single click. Format? No, but, can you actually buy unformatted floppies these days?

mtools is a neat little CLI package, and is great when a CLI is called for. But for general use, there's an easier way.

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Anonymous's picture

The possibllity of forgetting to unmount the floppy before removing it is still there with a gui, even when umount is a right click away.

Anyway, great article, I hope it works with PCMCIA hard-disk, I use some at work to transfer files between Linux and window machines in situations where I can't use the network and I'm always afraid I'll forget to unmount the card before taking it out.

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Anonymous's picture

By general use I take it you mean the general populace.

mtools is useful for the sysadmin to know because there are situations where a GUI will not fit.

1. A customer at a remote site wanted to know what network card was on a particular series of PCs for the purpose of generating an install image (nothing to do with Linux). I put the hardware probe floppy image on the Linux machine using ssh and scp. I then asked her to put a floppy in the drive. I copied the image onto the floppy with dd (or cat if you wish). She took the floppy to the machine, booted it, the software did the audit and wrote the results on the floppy. She put the floppy in the Linux machine again. I extracted the log file with mcopy and read the configuration of the machine. All remotely.

2. I generate bootable firewall floppy images (not physical floppies) because mtools allows me to work on disk images of floppies. KDE has no such thing AFAIK.

So Joe Bloggs should stick to point and click, but power users would do to add another tool to their box.