kernel upgrade erases /boot/grub/menu.lst changes

Paul Schulz pschulz01 at
Thu Jun 14 05:48:10 UTC 2007


You can direct these questions to an IRC channel (eg. #ubuntu)  or the
'ubuntu-users at' mailing list.

To answer you question though.. If you have a look higher up in the
'menu.lst' file, you will see a line like the following.

  # defoptions=quiet splash

These are the options are automatically added when a new kernel in installed.
Just remove the two options.. (everything after the '=')

There are quite few other options here, which can be used to modify
what happens when you install a new kernel under Ubuntu.


On 6/14/07, Robert Grasso <robert.grasso at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am new to Ubuntu (I was with Mandriva before). If this is not the correct
> list where I should submit my request, could you tell me to whom I should
> submit it ?
> Here it is :
> as an old Unix sysadmin, I want to see every boot detail. Thus
> in /boot/grub/menu.lst, I always remove the boot options "quiet"
> and "splash". Alas, each time I install a new kernel upgrade, not only are my
> changes not reported onto the new kernel line, but they are undone on my old
> kernel line, where quiet and splash are restored.
> Is this done on purpose ? I mean : when one knows what he's doing, why not
> take into account his changes and comply with them ? Or is there an option I
> did not discover yet, helping me getting what I am expecting ?
> Best regards
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