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Thread: Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Just did a clean install of Linux Mint Nadia (based on Ubuntu 12.10) and tried setting up my Grub 2.00 menu as normal. But ran into two problems:

    1) When I run 'update-grub', I do not get the echo line from my 06_custom file. Also related to this problem is that my Grub menu items are the standard ones, and not the labels I wanted (i.e. "Windows Vista (/bootloader) on sdax" as opposed to just "Windows Vista").
    2) When I chmod -x the os_prober file and run update-grub, it only "finds" my Vista partition. Now, I only have the kernel that came installed with LM 14, but I don't remember my only having one installed kernel being an issue before; as I recall, even with just one kernel it recognized and added the appropriate entry to the Grub menu. But now, if I run ubdate-grub and reboot, I just see my Vista partition.

    Here is my 06_custom file:

    echo 1>&2 "Adding Linux Mint and Windows Vista"
    exec tail -n +4 $0
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above. 
    menuentry "Linux Mint 14 - Nadia" {
        set root=(hd0,2)
            linux /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda2 ro quiet splash
            initrd /initrd.img
    menuentry "Linux Mint 14 - Nadia (Recovery Mode)" {
        set root=(hd0,2)
            linux /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda2 ro single
            initrd /initrd.img
    menuentry "Windows Vista" {
        insmod ntfs
        set root='(hd0,1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 32C2B4EDC2B4B707
        chainloader +1

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Cut and paste and modify from an entry that works in /boot/grub/grub.cfg. It might be better to use the UUID of the partition to be sure to point to the correct one.

    For example:

    menuentry "Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-33-generic (on /dev/sdb2 usb3-os)" --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
            insmod part_msdos
            insmod ext2
            set root='(hd1,msdos2)'
            search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3857acab-cc88-44a0-af4f-c37b3247fe50
            linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-33-generic root=UUID=3857acab-cc88-44a0-af4f-c37b3247fe50 ro vga=785
            initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-33-generic
    Last edited by sudodus; January 15th, 2013 at 10:30 AM.


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