Editing /boot/grub/menu.lst

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Thu Jul 24 17:28:09 UTC 2008

elmo wrote:

> My GRUB boot menu lists Windows XP first with an autoboot in 10 seconds
> and three versions of UBUNTU in the remainder of the menu.  This is
> because I have great-grandchildren who bring their game CDs with them
> when they visit and I wanted Windows XP to autoboot so they can use
> their CDs without needing to figure out what to select so they can use
> their game CDs.
> What I did was edit the default UBUNTU /boot/grub/menu.lst by copying
> and dropping the menu items to rearrange their order on the boot menu.
> I had to change the permissions for menu.lst so that I could save the
> changes I made, then after the changes were saved, I didn't bother to
> returned the permissions back to its original form. So far, no problem.

It doesn't matter, though strictly you should use sudo (gksu/kdesu) and edit
as root.
> I take over occasionally and select one of the UBUNTU to let them
> experience gaming in a different operating system in the hope they'll
> look forward to choosing UBUNTU in the boot menu.
> Comments ?

Just make sure that the Windows entry is _before_:

After a kernel upgrade, your menu will be rearranged and this will ensure
that the Windows stanza is still first.

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