Is there a way to easily turn on/off showing the boot messages (loading the services) when Ubuntu starts? Is it something in Grub2?
I am running 10.04.
You would need to edit the file
/etc/default/grub. In this file you'll find an entry called
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT. This entry must be edited to control the display of the splash screen.
The presence of the word
splash in this entry enables the splash screen, with condensed text output. Adding
quiet as well, results in just the splash screen; which is the default for the desktop edition since 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). In order to enable the "normal" text start up, you would remove both of these.
So, the default for the desktop, (i.e. splash screen only):
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" #Hide text and show splash
For the traditional, text display:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= #Show text but not the splash
For the splash, but the ability to show the boot messages by pressing Esc:
Or, finally, for just a (usually) black screen, try:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=quiet #Don't show Ubuntu bootup text
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty12" #Don't show kernel text
After editing the file, you need to run
For more details, see this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
There's a simple way of hiding all boot messages. In
/etc/default/grub, adjust the following:
GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 # Do not show the GRUB menu at all
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty12" # Redirect the kernel output to another tty
After that, just
sudo update-grub, and it should be done.
If you remove
quiet option from
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to show boot messages it's sometimes necessary to also set
loglevel option to higher value. Otherwise some drivers may flood your
tty with notice messages. I use this line to enable boot messages:
This way only significant system messages will be printed to the console.
You didn't identify whether you are on a server system or desktop, so I'll address both.
If you add
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT, Ubuntu will present you with a splash screen, either a simple text based progress bar or graphically via
plymouth, which I describe below.
plymouth, a graphical startup animator, you can provide a pretty bootscreen that is well suited to desktop machines. You might not want to do this on a server, but it's up to you.
sudo apt-get install plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo