menu.lst problems

Paul Kaplan pkaplan1 at
Sat Jan 31 16:47:06 UTC 2009

In my file, the uuid associated with the kernel line matches the entry in the 
uuid line.

However the only difference between the recovery and standard boots is that 
following the kernel uuid entry the recovery stanza ends in "ro single" (no 
quotes) where as the standard stanza ends with just "ro".  (The default ends 
in "ro splash noquiet" which hides the boot messages and displays a pretty 
ubuntu splash screen.)

Try duplicating your recovery stanza and removing "single" (and give it some 
unique title other than "recovery mode".

On Saturday 31 January 2009 11:20:15 Peter Hillier-Brook wrote:
> Hello all,
> is there anyone who can help to stop my head hurting? After a trivial
> edit of menu.lst to fix a couple of options, I can no longer boot the
> default kernel (Error 15: File not found), although I can boot from the
> recovery version and, at the appropriate time, select to continue
> normally. I can see no differences and therefore I suspect that I'm
> missing the obvious, whatever that might be.
> The relevant fragment of menu.lst follows.
> title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-11-generic
> uuid		a42730ca-039c-485d-a153-c367d8ef4f51
> kernel
> /vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-genericroot=UUID=1d77c373-b6c8-41ba-bb0f-2f2a99d88df8 ro
> initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic
> quiet
> title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-11-generic (recovery mode)
> uuid		a42730ca-039c-485d-a153-c367d8ef4f51
> kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic
> root=UUID=1d77c373-b6c8-41ba-bb0f-2f2a99d88df8 ro  single
> initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic
> Whilst on this topic, I also tried to manually use update-grub to detect
> the -11 kernel which should have been automatically added to menu.lst
> (the relevant entries are in kernel-img.conf), but wasn't. It claimed to
> be doing the job, but the result was an unchanged menu.lst.
> Ant thoughts gratefully received.
> Peter HB

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