This came from interest in testing this 500 GB USB External Hard disks as I kept seeing read errors. Zero filling is the modern equivilant to Low Level formatting done to Old MFM and RLL Hard disks that used seperate controller boards inside 8088 - 08386 machines.
Low level format has been performed by me on 8088 and 286 both had MFM hard disk using Norton Utils Calibrate to change the interleave on the disk.
On Linux there is a program called badblocks which behaves like surface tester from Norton Disk Doctor.
This requires a modified version of proton to work
Proton 5.6-GE1 is enough to get it work
The init leads to a small busybox filesystem
This user who made this possible
Messing around with the Linux Kernel
Installing a source based Linux Distro in to a VM
Renaming FreeBSD to BSD UNIX in the kernel and renaming the kernel files
Booting this up on FreeBSD qemu
This process took over 1 hour with interruptions of the database which resulted in a failure but once rebooted it was good.
This took 4 hours to install so this is 4 hours worth of recording.
To get this to work it was wise to use the version that the documentation spoke about and compile it.
On freebsd you need to tell configure where python is and also use gmake instead of make to compile.
./configure --target-softmmu-hppa I think
inside this directory somwhere is a firmware file that permits seeing the firmware.
Messing around with an older version of this OS that is available on WinworldPC.com
Whole process takes a while to install
This is related to an old college project.
This relates to the college times as well as Ultrix did.
Created 1 year, 7 months ago.
Society of UNIX Enthusiasts
I am a UNIX enthusiast due to history of using Command lines since the DOS times. I tend to keep subjects on UNIX/Computing or
some engineering topics including CAD (Not FreeCAD).