Formatting a USB floppy in FreeBSD [SOLVED]

Maxim Sobolev sobomax at portaone.com
Thu Oct 14 07:51:38 PDT 2004


Bruce M Simpson wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 06, 2004 at 04:28:34AM -0700, Bruce M Simpson wrote:
> 
>>camcontrol cmd ${DEVNAME} \
>>	-c "04 17 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00" \
>>	-o 12 "00 A0 00 08 00 00 0B 40 00 00 02 00"
> 
> 
> Bung a -t 140 in there so you don't get a complaint about mode auto-sense
> when the format has not yet completed. 140 seconds to format a floppy
> may be a bit excessive, but do bear in mind this doesn't verify the format
> as it goes along.
> 
> A CAM-based program to format removable media (including UFI floppies)
> track-by-track wouldn't have that problem, and would be able to verify,
> give you progress indications, etc.
> 
> I hope the simple camcontrol example above serves to demonstrate the
> problem is more or less cracked. I'm happy to live with a simple shell
> script wrapper with the above for now, or even just an alias for csh:
> 
>  alias ufdformat 'camcontrol cmd \!* -t 140 -c "04 17 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00" -o 12 "00 A0 00 08 00 00 0B 40 00 00 02 00"'

Maybe it's worth to at least put it into ufd manpage, so that it doesn't 
  lost in noise.

-Maxim


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