Ubuntu :: Editing The Grub Startup Menu To Take Out Some Of The Previous Versions

Jun 12, 2010

I'm interested in editing the Grub startup menu to take out some of the previous versions of Ubuntu. First, is there a reason Grub keeps the previous versions available to boot to in that list? If it is just in case of a problem with the new installation wouldn't it make sense to only have the most recent previous installation? Anyway here is the problem, when I run: Code: "gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst"

The editing program opens the file named "menu.lst" but the file is empty. How is it possible for this file to be empty yet I have multiple boot options and they all work? Does anybody know what I am running into here?

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performed update
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similar to the following
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Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.32-22 (recovery mode)
Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.32-21


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I'm trying to find out which hard drive my vista installation is labeled in ubuntu so I can finish editing the grub menu.1st file.

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I'm currently running Lucid Lynx, which installed the Grub 2 Boot loader which it currently lists three different Linux kernels. My problem is this:

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2. Can I remove any of the kernels I don't want, which files do I remove, and will doing so compromise my system.

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Jan 1, 2010

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Oct 12, 2010

I'm encountering an unusual problem with GRUB 2. Whenever I start up my system, my BIOS'es load and do their thing, and then hand the show over to GRUB, which is supposed to not appear or do anything because my GRUB countdown is set to 0, but instead I get two errors like this that appear for about 5 or 10 seconds (greatly delaying startup) and then Xubuntu, the first entry on my Grub menu, loads: (I set GRUB to automatically boot my first entry):

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Apr 11, 2011

I recently installed Fedora 14 on an old Dell server (Pentium 4). It works fine, except that it somehow includes an extra startup step, in which I have to choose between two different grub versions. Here is the screen I get:

GNU GRUB version 0.97
Fedora ( i686)
Fedora ( i686)

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Jul 28, 2009

I am testing my crash recovery strategy for my linux system and I am having trouble with GRUB. I am basically restoring my backup (i.e. tar) unto a different hard drive, but I am having problems getting the machine to boot without me having to type the GRUB commands at the GRUB prompt that is presented when the machine boots up off the new hard drive. I have tried to restore the MBR in two ways (the 2nd one is the one that gets me to the GRUB prompt):

1. Get the MBR off the original drive and write it unto the new drive (all via dd), but that did not work at all: the machine hangs right away during boot up. It seems to hang right at the point where the BIOS tries to read the MBR.


On original drive:

# dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr+part.bin bs=512 count=1

On new drive (new drive is now in place of original drive):

# dd if=mbr+part.bin of=/dev/sda bs=1 count=446 conv=notrunc

2. By using the FEDORA rescue CD, I installed grub unto the new hard drive as follows:


# chroot /mnt/sysimage
# grub-install --root-directory=/boot hd0

reboot and remove FEDORA CD Using the 2nd option above, I get the GRUB> prompt during bootup. I can then boot into the system by issuing the commands that are in the menu.lst file, followed by the "boot" command. However, I would like for those commands to happen automatically, just like in the original configuration. It seems to me that GRUB is actually finding all its stage files because I doubt the GRUB program (the one displaying the prompt) fits entirely in the 446 bytes it has on the MBR. So, it must be loading its stage 2 (and stage 1.5??) files from my /boot partition. However, if GRUB is loading its stage files off the boot partition, why does it not load/read the menu.lst/grub.conf contained in the boot partition also?


# ls -l /boot
total 22888
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1274567 2009-05-27 16:39 System.map-
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1274538 2009-06-16 22:27 System.map-


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Dec 19, 2010

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:~$ sudo apt-get --purge remove netbeans5.5
:~$ sudo apt-get --purge remove netbeans6.5
But it gives message
:~$ sudo apt-get --purge remove netbeans5.5
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package netbeans5.5 is not installed, so not removed
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

The problem is there is no installed version of NetBeans 5.5.1 and 6.5.1 but there are two menu items
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Applications -> Programming ->NetBeans 6.5.1
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Jan 26, 2011

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Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)

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/dev/sda6 Logical Swap
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