GRUB Legacy

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GRUB Legacy is a multiboot bootloader previously maintained by the GNU Project. It was derived from GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, which was originally designed and implemented by Erich Stefan Boleyn.

Briefly, the bootloader is the first software program that runs when a computer starts. It is responsible for loading and transferring control to the Linux kernel. The kernel, in turn, initializes the rest of the operating system.

Note: GRUB Legacy has been deprecated and replaced by GRUB version 2.x in Arch Linux. See the news here. Users are recommended to switch to GRUB2 or Syslinux instead. See #Upgrading to GRUB2 below.


GRUB Legacy has been dropped from the official repositories in favor of GRUB version 2.x. grub-legacyAUR is still available from the AUR.

Additionally, GRUB must be installed to the boot sector of a drive or partition to serve as a bootloader. This is covered in the #Bootloader installation section.

Upgrading to GRUB2

Is upgrading necessary?

The short answer is No. GRUB legacy will not be removed from your system and will stay fully functional.

However, as any other packages which are not supported anymore, bugs are unlikely to be fixed. So you should consider upgrading to GRUB version 2.x, or one of the other supported Boot Loaders.

GRUB legacy does not support GPT disks, Btrfs filesystem and UEFI firmwares.

How to upgrade

Upgrade from GRUB Legacy to GRUB version 2.x is the much same as installing GRUB on a running Arch Linux. Detailed instructions is covered here.

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