Goh Lip g.lip at
Wed Sep 23 21:08:31 UTC 2009

Goh Lip wrote:
> Mark Fraser wrote:
>> On Wednesday 23 September 2009 18:28:10 Goh Lip wrote:
>>> Mario Andes wrote:
>>>> I have installed the newest Karmic edition! There is a new startup menu
>>>> where I can select the OS I want to use. Unfortunately in /boot/grub
>>>> there is no menu.lst! How can I change the order of the entries?
>>>> Mario
>>> /boot/grub/grub.cfg
>> Except that you're not *supposed* to edit that file and hence why it is set as 
>> read only.
> Yes, you are right, "not supposed", but changes will be effected till 
> the next grub upgrade where it will revert to the original sequence. 
> Making permanent changes 'according to procedure' is as follows.. edit
> /etc/default/grub
> (a little bit risky if not used to it, but there is a back up)
> Then do
> sudo grub-mkconfig
> to check at terminal if entries are okay.
> If okay, commit by
> sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
> But as in the case of menu.lst, changing default number may also mess up 
> the order when new entries (kernels) are added, rendering wrong boot as 
> well. So I would suggest just changing grub.cfg (like in menu.lst) and 
> modify again when kernels are added. Well, if you want to change default 
> number, it's up to you. Are there any alternative?
> Regards,
> Goh Lip

Modifying default number would also require changing the default number 
when kernels or grub is updated. And through a much more convoluted 
process at that. Is there another proposal?

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