increasing grub timeout?

John Summerfield debian at
Tue Nov 24 07:15:34 UTC 2009

Michal Jaegermann wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 09:28:19PM -0500, Scott Robbins wrote:
>> As it stands, one has to hover over the
>> escape key, trying to time it correctly.
> Not weighing in with any opinion on your propositions but just try
> _before_ even a grub screen will show up, but not far before, to hit
> "Up" or "Down" arrow keys, or even "Escape", and patiently wait for
> what will happen.

I know all that, but several times in the past 24 hours I've found 
myself booting the wrong thing.

Increasing _to_ three seconds? Ten is nearer the mark, I think. 
Especially for those of us playing with virtual machines and windows 
popping up and going away

If I'm sitting at a machine, too impatient to await the timeout, it's 
trivial to hit the enter key.

Even better, if I can actually see the menu, I can see whether it's 
booting what I want to boot. Often, if there's a dud kernel (it happened 
on RHEL4-clone and presumably RHEL4 itself a while ago), it's the 
default selection.

Too much bling at the expense of function, I say.



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