How to modify menu.lst

elmo elmo at
Tue May 13 15:10:34 UTC 2008

James Taji wrote:
> 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
I've been doing it the way I posted for quite a while because it worked 
and so far haven't had any problem.   However,
I'll start doing it the sudo way from now on, just in case.  Thanks.
elmo  .

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