Today’s sysadmin tip: Unquiet Ubuntu’s grub

When working with servers or debugging a workstation, or even just out of curiosity, it’s geek friendly to make your linux kernel boot rather more than less verbose. In Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, and probably other Debian derivates as well, the default is to be rather quiet, and it’s a bit difficult to find how to make it verbose, without hard coding changes to /boot/grub/menu.lst. Such changes will be overwritten by update-grub, so that’s probably a bad idea.

This fixes it:

# echo 'supports_quiet=false' >> /etc/default/grub
# update-grub

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