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I'm working on systems that have 10.04.3 installed as an upgrade from 8.04. So these systems have Grub 0.97 installed.

I want to get verbose console output during startup, so I want to eliminate the "quiet" option being passed to the kernel by the generated Grub menu options. I see there's a commented option in the /boot/grub/menu.lst file:

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

I know edits to the menu.lst would be lost upon the next 'update-grub'. So where, or what, do I set so that a subsequent 'update-grub' invocation will build the menu.lst file the way I want?

I have some newer systems (10.04 and 12.04 clean installs) that have an /etc/default/grub file, but my Grub 0.97 systems don't have that file. Could I just create it and add


to get what I want (no "quiet" arg to the kernels) in menu.lst?

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...and why can't I tag this either simply "grub", (my tag turns into a "grub2" tag,) or "grub-0.97"? – Craig Constantine Mar 20 '13 at 20:35
grub legacy is no longer supported in Ubuntu. 10.04 is the last ot use grub legacy, as far as I am aware. – Thomas Ward Mar 20 '13 at 20:38
...which helps me how? :) – Craig Constantine Mar 20 '13 at 20:42
I was only trying to answer your comment. not answer your question. – Thomas Ward Mar 20 '13 at 20:44
re tag: Oh, well, yes then that's helpful (not being sarcastic.) I still think it would make sense to have a grub0.97 tag -- but I see why there isn't one. Thanks! – Craig Constantine Mar 20 '13 at 20:46
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...turns out that for Grub 0.97 (ie Grub legacy) you just edit the config file in place. So I went into '/boot/grub/menu.lst' and changed the

# defoptions=quiet splash


# defoptions=splash

and then ran 'update-grub'.

Yes, the 'defoptions' line is a comment in the menu.lst file. After update-grub all my kernel boot options no longer had the 'quiet' argument.

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Use grub-customizer, it is a GUI tool to edit list configuration, timeout and appearance settings

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
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what does grub-customizer specifically manipulate/edit? – Craig Constantine Mar 20 '13 at 20:37
read my answer again please – microarm15 Mar 20 '13 at 20:39
I did. These are headless servers. I meant, what file(s) does that customizer manipulate. I suppose I could d/l the package and dig through it. – Craig Constantine Mar 20 '13 at 20:43

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