GRUB_DEFAULT default (not a typo)

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Mon Apr 8 14:09:16 UTC 2013

On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 3:19 AM, Tom H <tomh0665 at> wrote:

> On Sat Apr 6 09:24, Basil Chupin wrote:
> > On 05/04/13 03:56, Tom H wrote:
> >> On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at>
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> 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
> >>> mischief....
> ...

> The Ubuntu default is "GRUB_DEFAULT=0" whether you claim to have
> "fiddled" with "/etc/default/grub" or not. You say that you have more
> than one distro installed. Is one of them Fedora (its default's
> "GRUB_DEFAULT=saved")?

No Fedora here for a very long time.  And the other OS is Ubuntu as opposed
to Xubuntu.  And it's not really "installed"; this is a fresh Xubuntu
install, and I have mounted the drive that used to be my Ubuntu root, so
that I can look up configuration things.  I haven't looked there in a year
or so, so I suppose it's time to recycle it.

Kevin O'Gorman

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