Grub 2 and moved sytem (rant and question)

Chris MacDonald chris at
Thu Nov 18 20:32:48 UTC 2010

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM, Mark <mhullrich at> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM, Thierry de Coulon <tcoulon at> wrote:
>> Possible, but what "something"? The new system is an exact copy of the
>> original, just on another partition. On a grub-legacy system, there are
>> two "something": fstab and menu.lst. If you correct them, the system boots.
>> If you use grub 2, you can't correct menu.lst, and the system hangs. So
>> whatever "something" is, it's grub 2 related, as far as I can say.
> I may have left out a step - IIRC I went in and did the verboten - I
> edited the grub.cnf file that is now what menu.lst/grub.conf used to
> be, then booted without mucking around with the grub commands.  (Don't
> recall off-hand what the fqpn for that file is, but it's not hard to
> find....)
> This does work, it's just not permanent because the next time you run
> grub, the changes edited in vanish.
> I'm almost tempted to go back to grub-legacy....
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I use the UUIDs, I find they're easy enough to find out, but I avoid
grub 2 like the plague; the three machines I have Ubuntu installs on
and I use on a regular basis all use extlinux instead. I have to
manually update the configuration file when the kernel is updated, but
that's not a big deal. By comparison, extlinux is dead easy to
understand and modify. None of these machines multiboot though so I
guess my use case is pretty simplistic.


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