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Name of config file looks ambiguous to GRUB newbies

From: David Horton
Subject: Name of config file looks ambiguous to GRUB newbies
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 21:36:01 -0600
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First I would like to say great job on GRUB. I was a die hard LILO fan for many years and I am now a GRUB convert.

I have one minor suggestion for improvement. I think it would be a good idea to change the name of the default configuration file to something other than menu.lst.

When I first installed GRUB I recall having trouble getting it to read my configuration file menu.1st. It seemed that no matter what I put in the config file the options had no effect. Well, it turns out that the problem was not the contents of the file, but the name of the file. I had named it menu.1st (menu dot first), not menu.lst. I guess I assumed that I might be able to have a menu.2nd and menu.3rd at a later time. My point is that the choice of menu.lst makes it easy for GRUB newbies to get confused since it looks very much like like menu.1st (menu dot first). Perhaps a better choice might be 'grub.conf' or 'boot.conf'.

The change is easy.  On line 74 of asmstub.c:
  char config_file[128] = "/boot/grub/menu.lst";
  char config_file[128] = "/boot/grub/grub.conf";

Thanks again for a great boot loader.


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