Boot loaders

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Notes: This page is created to ease the transition from Grub to Grub2. (Discuss in Talk:Boot loaders#)

The boot loader is responsible for loading the kernel and initial ramdisk before initiating the boot process. You can use different kinds of bootloaders in Arch, such as GRUB(2), Syslinux, LILO or GRUB Legacy.

This page will only contain short introduction and most used configurations users will touch. For detailed information, please see corresponding pages of each boot loader.



GRUB Legacy




Configuration files

  • GRUB: /boot/grub/grub.cfg
  • GRUB Legacy: /boot/grub/menu.lst

Kernel parameters

The following is an example for GRUB (see the GRUB Legacy, LILO or Syslinux articles accordingly):


Edit the file /etc/default/grub and append your kernel options to the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="":


Re-generate grub.cfg with:

# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

The resulting /boot/grub/grub.cfg will be:


menuentry 'Arch GNU/Linux, with Linux core repo kernel' [...] {
set root='hd0,msdos1'
linux	/vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/sda3 quiet splash
initrd	/initramfs-linux.img


GRUB Legacy


# (0) Arch Linux
title  Arch Linux  [/boot/vmlinuz-linux]
root   (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/sda3 ro
initrd /initramfs-linux.img