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update-grub(8)              System Manager's Manual             update-grub(8)

       update-grub - program to generate GRUB's menu.lst file

       update-grub [-y]

       -y     Assume 'yes' on all questions.

       update-grub is a program used to generate the menu.lst file used by the
       grub bootloader.  It works by looking in  /boot  for  all  files  which
       start  with  "vmlinuz-". They will be treated as kernels, and grub menu
       entries will be created for each.  It  will  also  create  the  initial
       menu.lst  if  none  exists, after prompting the user.  It will also add
       initrd lines for ramdisk images found with the same version as  kernels
       found.  e.g.  /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.5  and  /boot/initrd-2.4.5 will cause a
       line of "initrd=/boot/initrd-2.4.5 or simliar to be added for the  ker-
       nel entry in the menu.lst.

       After update-grub has been run for the first time, the user is required
       to edit the generated menu.lst. The  user  must  set  the  two  options
       update-grub  uses.  Then  re-run  the  update-grub script to update the
       menu.lst file using the default's that have been set.

       These are the options passed to the linux kernel:
       # kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
       Everything after "kopt=" is passed to the  kernel  as  parameters.  See
       bootparam(7) for more information.

       This is the grub device from which grub loads the kernel:
       # groot=(hd0,1)
       (hd0,1)  is a partition in grub notation. See grub(8) for more informa-

       This option controls if grub should create the alternative boot options
       in the menu entries
       # alternative=true
       # alternative=false

       This  option  controls if grub should lock the alternative boot options
       see grub(8) for more information.
       # lockalternative=true
       # lockalternative=false

       This options controls what is used for the  alternative  boot  options,
       multiple altoptions lines are allowed.
       # altoptions=(some description) some kernel command line options
       # altoptions=(recovery option) single
       The  description  is placed in '()' and the kernel command line options
       follow that.

       The update-grub script can be  ran  automagically  from  the  /etc/ker-
       nel-img.conf file by adding the following lines:

       postinst_hook = /sbin/update-grub
       postrm_hook = /sbin/update-grub
       do_bootloader = no

       For  further  information related to /etc/kernel-img.conf, see the man-
       page kernel-img.conf(5).

       grub(8), grub-install(8), kernel-img.conf(5), bootparam(7).

       The full documentation for grub is maintained as a  Texinfo  manual  in
       the  grub-doc  package.   If  the  info  and grub programs are properly
       installed at your site, the command

              info grub

       should give you access to the complete manual.

       This manual page was written by Jason  Thomas  <jasonATdebian.org>,  for
       the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

Jason Thomas                     June 18, 2001                  update-grub(8)