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Thread: Clearing GRUB options

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    Clearing GRUB options

    I've been running ubuntu for about a year now and have had little real problems after the initial bumps. I partitioned my drive so I could still occasionally use windows applications without the hassle of running them through WINE. Since then, the amount of choices for ubuntu when using GRUB has increased and I'm wondering, how do I delete these redundant entries so it only gives me the choices I really need?

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    Re: Clearing GRUB options

    go into terminal and run these two commands:
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    sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst.bak
    sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst
    Then scroll down to the bottom and delete(better yet comment out) the lines that correspond to older kernels and such. If something gets really messed up just use the backup to get things working again.
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    Re: Clearing GRUB options

    You have multiple entries because you have multiple kernels.

    Remove the old kernels (it is always a good idea to keep at least 1 old one) and the removal process should clean up your grub menu.
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    Re: Clearing GRUB options

    That's what I expected, but how do you get rid of the old kernels.

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    Re: Clearing GRUB options

    find the kernel in synaptic. they would be named as linux-image-<kernel version>. remove that and it will remove the line items.
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    Re: Clearing GRUB options

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramrod_The_Wizard View Post
    That's what I expected, but how do you get rid of the old kernels.
    To remove the old kernels, search for them in Synaptic Package Manager and remove them.
    With regards to the removal of the entries in the menu.lst file, I would personally just comment out the lines, rather than removing the entries. That way, if you still have the kernel and have to access it for whatever reason, you could easily uncomment the line(s).
    To do this, just put a # before the title line for each entry you wish to remove.
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