Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

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Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

Postby Sgthawker » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:23 pm

Hi all,

I installed the 4 main versions of Linux Mint 18 on my laptop for experimentation. On my GRUB menu list, the KDE version comes up in the default position as it was installed last. The listing includes KDE on the menu for the DE, but the others simply say Sarah in lieu of the DE. Is there a particular reason for this? I noticed only KDE listed it as a 64-bit OS but not the others as well. It looked like the below sans sub menu entries.

Linux Mint 18 KDE 64-bit

Linux Mint 18 Sarah (18) (on /dev/sda3) {Cinnamon}

Linux Mint 18 Sarah (18) (on /dev/sda4) {MATE}

Linux Mint 18 Sarah (18) (on /dev/sda5) {Xfce}

I read up on grub editing, and happily, I added the DEs to the listing just to make it a little easier to tell which I am selecting. I replaced Sarah with the DE as above in the brackets.
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Re: Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

Postby Pjotr » Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:18 pm

I hope you didn't use the horrible application Grub Customizer for that, because that adds a thick layer of unnecessary complexity to your bootloader, which may well lead to boot failure at some future time....

You can simply modify those entries in the Grub menu like this:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... tomentries
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Re: Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

Postby Sgthawker » Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:30 pm

Pjotr wrote:I hope you didn't use the horrible application Grub Customizer for that, because that adds a thick layer of unnecessary complexity to your bootloader, which may well lead to boot failure at some future time....


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Well, you know, I did look at that possibility, but I didn't see that it actually offered the option to edit what was displayed on the menu. So I used kdesudo to open Kate and edit the /boot/grub/grub.cfg. It seems to have worked fine. I booted into each separate install and each seemed to work just fine.
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Re: Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

Postby austin.texas » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:27 pm

I edit some of the menuentries the same way you did so that they reflect the information more clearly. It works fine. But you have to realize that your edits will be erased anytime you run sudo update-grub or install a new kernel.
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Re: Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

Postby Pjotr » Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:30 am

austin.texas wrote:I edit some of the menuentries the same way you did so that they reflect the information more clearly. It works fine. But you have to realize that your edits will be erased anytime you run sudo update-grub or install a new kernel.

If you use the method I advised, that shouldn't happen....
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Re: Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

Postby Sgthawker » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:13 am

@austin.texas @pjotr

I have noticed with a kernel update the edits did disappear.

pjotr

Following your link, I see the directions listed for installing leafpad. Is there a particular reason for doing this as opposed to using any document editing program in the distro?

In the case of installs #3 and #4, I need to perform these steps while booted in the respective distro as well, following up with a boot into the primary install last, to perform it's grub update?
In other words, I can't edit install #3 and #4 lsb-release file while booted into install #2 and performing it's edits?

Thanks in advance for your time!
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Re: Names on the GRUB menu list for LM 18

Postby Pjotr » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:15 pm

Sgthawker wrote:Following your link, I see the directions listed for installing leafpad. Is there a particular reason for doing this as opposed to using any document editing program in the distro?

Efficiency for me, because my how-to aims at being useful for more distro's than just Mint. Feel free to use xed instead.

Or install Leafpad anyway, which will only cost you a download of 110 kB and 736 kB of disk space. :)
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