Grub's menu.lst updating

Brian McKee brian.mckee at
Sun Jul 13 17:03:52 UTC 2008

On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 12:47 PM, Peter Hillier-Brook
<phb at> wrote:
> Karl Larsen wrote:
>> Peter Hillier-Brook wrote:
>>> Hello All,
>>> I've just endured a few hours of trying to get the new kernel -
>>> 2.6.24-19-generic - into menu.lst. update-grub goes through the
>>> motions, finding the kernel and claiming to have performed the
>>> update, but a quick look at the file reveals no change.
>>> I finally did the obvious and directly edited the file, but I would
>>> like to know what the problem is with the automated route. Anyone
>>> have any comments?
>>> Peter HB
>> No fear Peter, I got my 19 and it is entered in menu.lst by update.
>> It even included a nVidia file for those who use it.
>> Tell us more if you can about why your update failed.
> During the Synaptic updating process I replied "no" to a "do you want to
> use a new 'menu.lst' that is available, or retain your original?"
> Obviously I paraphrase the dialogue as it is no longer available, but
> the general sense is correct.
> The kernel was successfully downloaded, but not entered into the grub
> menu, so I assumed that "update-grub" would fix up my original
> "menu.lst". It claimed to have done so, but hadn't!
> Peter HB

You could try sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-2.6.24-19-generic

That should reproduce the steps it took when installing it the first time.


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