Managing The GRUB Bootloader With QGRUBEditor On Ubuntu 7.10

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Author: Falko Timme

QGRUBEditor is a graphical frontend for managing the GRUB bootloader. By using QGRUBEditor, you do not have to mess around with the GRUB configuration in /boot/grub/menu.lst anymore. This article shows how to install and use QGRUBEditor on Ubuntu 7.10.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing QGRUBEditor

Go to and click on the Ubuntu download link (starting with Ubuntu 8.04 there's a qgrubeditor package in the Ubuntu repositories that you can install using Synaptic, but prior to Ubuntu 8.04 you should use the approach described here):

In the Firefox download dialogue, select Open with gdebi-gtk (default):

The QGRUBEditor package is being downloaded:

After the download has finished, the Package Installer starts. Click on the Install Package button:

Type in your password:

Next the dependencies for QGRUBEditor are being downloaded...

... and installed:

Afterwards QGRUBEditor is being installed:

Click on Close after the installation and leave the Package Installer:

That's it! QGRUBEditor is now installed and ready to be used.


2 Using QGRUBEditor

To start QGRUBEditor, go to Applications > System Tools > QGRUBEditor:

When QGRUBEditor starts, it makes a backup of the current /boot/grub/menu.lst named /boot/grub/menu.lst_original (from which we can restore the original GRUB configuration) and tells us about it:

This is how QGRUBEditor looks. On the GRUB Entries tab, we see a list of all currently configured kernels. You can change their order by using the arrow buttons. It is important to note that all your changes are written to /boot/grub/menu.lst immediately - without pressing a Save button!

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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