How to Remove the
(Posted 2019 Nov)
The information here may be touched up or
revised, if/when I re-visit this page.
I have posted various pages on this site that document how I installed Linux (Ubuntu-Gnome2 or LinuxMint-MATE or Ubuntu-MATE) on various personal computers ('netbooks' and 'desktops').
In some of those install-descriptions I have mentioned how I turned off the 'quiet splash' parameters of the Linux boot up process.
This page is meant to give a more complete description of how to change the 'quiet splash' parameters --- a description that is 'not buried' in a long description of a Linux distro install process.
The bootup process is typically controlled by 'GRUB' --- the GRand Unified Bootloader.
I remove 'quiet splash' because I do not like to stare at an essentially blank 'splash' screen while the various Linux processes are being started up.
I would much rather see what is going on.
It is a chance to learn something about Linux --- even though most of the messages 'whip by' so rapidly that many of the messages are not readable.
For example, one can see which start-up processes are taking the most time during the boot up process.
AND ... if there is ever a failure to startup completely ... a situation devoutly to be NOT wished ... then I may be able to get a good idea of what is causing the failure.
The 'hiding' of the boot messages is controlled by a couple of 'quiet' and 'splash' parameters in a GRUB config file --- '/boot/grub/grub.cfg'.
But one is not supposed to edit that file directly. Rather ... you are instructed to edit the file
and then run an 'update-grub' command which will use that file to re-create the
The following section gives some detail on how to perform the necessary operations.
I personally think that the install process of ANY Linux distro should allow you to choose whether you want to see the bootup messages when you start your computer.
A prompt could be added 'around the point' that the install process asks what language you prefer and what time-zone you are in.
I have provided feedback on this to developers of at least one Linux distro, but I do not hold out much hope for seeing this implemented.
Unfortunately, in the 2010-2020 time frame, Linux distro developers seem to be on a path to 'hide' and 'dumb down' all aspects of Linux --- including 'file manager' interfaces and 'web browser' interfaces,as well as 'bootup' interfaces.
The 3 Basic Steps
There are 3 basic steps to removing the 'quiet splash' parameters.
After running the 'update-grub' command, you can close the terminal windows and shutdown your computer.
Then power the computer back on, as you normally do, to see (most of) the boot messages displayed --- until you get a login prompt or see your desktop.
The Before and After Images
'ORIG' and changed images of the two pertinent GRUB config files follow.
(Click on the links to see the text file images in a separate browser window.)
These are images of the files that I created in the Linux 'distro'
in 2019 November.
More 'GRUB' configuration info :
To find more info on configuring 'grub' on Linux, you may find it instructive to try WEB SEARCHES on keywords such as
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Page was created 2019 Nov 25.