Kernel parameters

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This page will explain what is kernel parameters, how to set them and show a list of most used kernel parameters in Arch Linux.

Set kernel parameters

Kernel command line parameters are often supplied by the bootloader. Here we are adding the parameters quiet and splash to GRUB, GRUB Legacy, LILO and Syslinux.

GRUB

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

/etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="ro quiet splash"

Re-generate grub.cfg with:

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

The resulting line in /boot/grub/grub.cfg will look like:

/boot/grub/grub.cfg
linux	/vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/sda3 quiet splash

GRUB Legacy

Kernel parameters should be added to the kernel options of bootloader configuration file(/boot/grub/menu.lst).

/boot/grub/menu.lst
kernel /vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/sda3 ro quiet splash

LILO

/etc/lilo.conf
image=/boot/vmlinuz-linux
        [...]
        quiet splash

Syslinux

/boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg
APPEND root=UUID=988d4e11-8237-4af3-5ab6-77627128g9d0 ro vga=current quiet splash

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