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

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Oct 13 14:51:00 UTC 2008

Raseel Bhagat wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 9:41 PM, Scott Berry <sberry at> 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.
> There are 2 ways of doing this :
> 1. Open /boot/grub/menu.lst and go near the end of the file. Just comment
> out the kernel (you can even comment out just the "title" part) you do not
> require and the next time you boot, only the uncommented ones will be
> seen. 2. There is an option in /boot/grub/menu.lst named
> "howmany=<number>". Using this option you can specify how many kernel
> entries you want to be seen in the list.

But the second option does nothing to actually remove the kernel, and the
first will actually be regressed the next time you install a kernel.  It's
much easier just to remove the unneeded kernels.

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