Proposal to deprecate KFloppy

Albert Astals Cid aacid at
Sat May 20 10:42:30 BST 2023

El divendres, 28 d’abril de 2023, a les 15:27:35 (CEST), Heiko Becker va escriure:
> On Friday, 28 April 2023 15:16:29 CEST, Nate Graham wrote:
> > Does it work for *anyone* with a modern distro? If not, then I
> > think archiving it makes sense. Time marches on. :)
> > 
> > If it does work for *someone* with a modern distro then at the
> > very least the UI needs to detect when it will be broken and
> > tell this to the user in advance to prevent frustration.
> I think it depends on the floppy kernel module, which should provide the
> device nodes Jonathan seems to be missing. AFAIK this kernel module isn't
> needed for "modern" floppy drives connected via USB though, but only for
> the ancient internal ones. That being said, the kernel module is orphaned.
> My personal opionion is that that's enough to stop releasing it (after
> 23.04.3). I also removed it from my distro downstream in 2015 and nobody
> ever even mentioned it.

3 weeks  and no one disagreed.


> Regards,
> Heiko
> > On 4/28/23 06:49, Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> >> KFloppy is an old tool to format your floppy diskettes.  We
> >> packaged KFloppy for the Snap store but it doesn't work,
> >> neither does it work for the apt packages.  The code depends on
> >> features of Linux that do not seem to exist any more, expecting
> >> /dev/fd0 and other nodes in /dev.  It also depends on having
> >> tools like fdformat around which are not packages for Ubuntu
> >> any more.  I tested it with an external USB floppy drive.  The
> >> most recent maintainer seems to be Wolfgang Bauer.  Can we
> >> agree to archive it and stop releases?

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