View Full Version : [ubuntu] Cleaning up the boot screen?

April 7th, 2009, 05:51 AM
I've been using Ubuntu 8.10 for a few months now and I've gotten a fair number of kernel updates stacked up in my boot loader, about a page and a half or so including the 'recovery' options for each version.

Is there a way to tell the system to only save the last 3 kernel updates and automatically keep the boot screen cleaner, or is this going to be a manual edit of a config file somewhere to clean up?

How much disk space is being taken up by having all these old versions on the system? I don't want to just clean up the boot screen, but would like to purge these old versions as well.

When I update to 9.04 when it's released, will all these 8.10 versions go away or will I still be able to go back in case there are some problems?

I can see a good reason to keep the last 2 or 3 versions in case there is a problem, but going beyond that just seems like a waste of disk space and screen space on the boot screen.

Thanks for any pointers,

April 7th, 2009, 06:03 AM
I think I just googled up the answer to my question.
It's in the first comment here:



Walter Melon
April 7th, 2009, 07:18 AM
ummm...you don't actually have to delete the lines in menu.lst. Just find the line that tells you how many kernel versions to display.

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=2

change the
#howmany= to however many versions you want to display.