how to dwindle down the number of kernels in menu.lst to two

Derek Broughton news at
Fri Oct 10 17:43:51 UTC 2008

Scott Berry wrote:

> I have too many kernels in my menu.lst.  i think I have like seven or
> eight of them.  How do i dwindle them down to two kernels at a time.
> The previous kernel say for instance linux-2.6.27-5 and 6.  I think that
> would be plenty of kernels.

Remove the kernels with your favorite package manager.  That's all there is
to it - the postrm script will take care of the grub menu.

You generally don't even need two, but aptitude is intentionally set to not
remove old kernels in case something goes wrong when you install a new one,
and there's no simple way to make it remove all but "n" old kernels
(actually, it can't be all that difficult, but nobody has bothered).

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