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Thread: /boot/grub/menu.lst is blank when I open it in gedit- WHY?

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    Red face /boot/grub/menu.lst is blank when I open it in gedit- WHY?

    okay, so today I need to edit menu.lst, so I open terminal and type

    sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

    gedit opens, and presents a blank document... WTF?


    Why is it doing that? Is it normal? How do I fix it?

    Thx in advance-
    tacotime
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    Re: /boot/grub/menu.lst is blank when I open it in gedit- WHY?

    You are most likely now using Grub2, which no longer uses menu.lst.

    The changes to Grub are quite significant. You can review the links in my signature for overviews and guides. G2-Basics and GRUB2 are the primary links describing the new bootloader.

    Although it isn't meant for editing (and in fact you can't even as root without changing the r/w properties), if you want to take a look at the new replacement:
    Code:
    gksu gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    New to Wayland.

    Retired.

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    Re: /boot/grub/menu.lst is blank when I open it in gedit- WHY?

    It is blank on my system as well

    Which version of Ubuntu are you using? I think it is GRUB2. What entries you really want to edit?

    Code:
    sudo gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    Don't edit the file if you are not sure what you are doing or you may leave your system unbootable. I know you knew that

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