SETFDPRM(8)                Linux Programmer's Manual               SETFDPRM(8)

       setfdprm - sets user-provided floppy disk parameters

       setfdprm [ -p ] device name
       setfdprm [ -p ] device size sectors heads tracks stretch gap rate spec1
       setfdprm [ -c ] device
       setfdprm [ -y ] device
       setfdprm [ -n ] device

       setfdprm is a utility that can be used to load disk parameters into the
       auto-detecting  floppy devices, to clear old parameter sets and to dis-
       able or enable diagnostic messages.

       Without any options, setfdprm loads the  device  (usually  /dev/fd0  or
       /dev/fd1)  with  a  new  parameter  set  with  the  name entry found in
       /etc/fdprm (usually named 360/360, etc.).   These  parameters  stay  in
       effect until the media is changed.

       -p device name
              Permanently  loads  a  new parameter set for the specified auto-
              configuring floppy device for the  configuration  with  name  in
              /etc/fdprm.  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-config-
              uring floppy device.

       -n device
              Disables format detection messages for the  specified  auto-con-
              figuring floppy device.

       This documentation is grossly incomplete.


       Werner Almesberger (

Linux 0.99                     20 November 1993                    SETFDPRM(8)