How to modify menu.lst

James Taji james.taji at
Mon May 12 23:52:48 UTC 2008

On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 7:37 PM, elmo <elmo at> wrote:
>  If the changes you want to make are to be accepted by menu.lst, you
>  should prepare menu.lst before starting to make these changes     Use a
>  terminal and type in;    chmod go+rw /boot/grub/,   Thereafter,
>  any changes you make in menu.lst will be accepted on a save command.

This is rather bad advice to recommend making any system files world
writeable. Permissions on system files do not generally need to be
modified, instead one should use sudo before the editing command to
gain root privileges, e.g.:

sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst

or preferably:

sudoedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

If a gui editor is desired then use gksudo, eg.:

gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

James Taji
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