GRUB_DEFAULT default (not a typo)

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Thu Apr 4 15:46:42 UTC 2013

I've been following another discussion, "Changing grub default boot order"
and took a look at /etc/default/grub, where the line
<>   GRUB_DEFAULT=saved
appeared.  I don't think I put that there, but I could not swear to it.  I
seem to recall that this setting used to cause GRUB to remember the last
entry used and to use it again by default.  That is not happening on my
machine, a fresh Xubuntu install of 12.04.

Instead, GRUB always defaults to entry 0, and I have to change it to entry
5  because entry 0 is bogus, GRUB having picked up some historical
artifacts and put them in the menu.

This seems weird.  Should it work?  Should it even be allowed?  It has
persisted through several kernel upgrades, so it has not caused great

Just wondering

Kevin O'Gorman

programmer, n. an organism that transmutes caffeine into software.
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