JP Vossen on 27 Apr 2010 12:48:26 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] grub shows no menu

> Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:34:29 -0400
> From: Mike Leone <>
> I downloaded a Ubuntu 9.10 server VM appliance, to use on our ESX 
> cluster. All seems fine, except that I see no menu when grub loads at 
> boot time. I want to change the console (framebuffer) resolution 
> (there's no GUI here). Ordinarily, I'd change an entry in menu.lst in 
> /boot/grub. But here, I see no files named "menu" at all. I do see "grub 
> loading" when the machine starts, but I have no menu.
> So how do I get grub to show me a menu? And (more importantly) how do I 
> then change the resolution, to get more screen real estate?
> I tried "update-grub", and it said it found this and that, but still 
> made no menu.lst, nor showed me a menu on restart.

Amusing rant on this topic here, but I doubt it will answer your 

What is even funnier though, is that SourceFire/ has, in my 
opinion, a truly terrible build and QA process (and I use "QA" and 
"process" very loosely) for VRT updates to snort rules.  They are kind 
of aware of that and talk about fixing it now and then, but really 
stupid stuff still happens much too often for a commercial company that 
provides data you have to pay a good amount of money for.

So I find it pretty ironic that this guy is whining about all the 
changes that Ubuntu made to the stuff he gets for free, while changes, 
errors and omissions his department makes regularly break updates that 
people pay for.  If this was his personal blog, I'd have no comment, but 
since this is in the "official VRT blog," well...stones and glass houses 

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