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GRUB NextBoot


KDE Improvement

Score 75%
GRUB NextBoot

GRUB NextBoot

GRUB NextBoot

Link:  http://
Minimum required   KDE 3.2.x
Downloads:  8871
Submitted:  Apr 20 2004
Updated:  Feb 23 2005


Reboot from KDE directly into another OS.


It allows you to reboot from KDE directly to another OS, such as Windows, by bypassing the normal GRUB boot menu.

It reads your menu entries directly from your GRUB configuration, so changes to your configuration are automatically included.

There are no hard-coded limits to how many menu entires it will allow.

It contains a string table, to allow for easy translation to your native language.

All file paths in the script are stored in variables, so they are easy to change if you have an unusual system (compared to SuSE).

The script can automatically reboot immediately or allow you to reboot manually later by the normal logout/shutdown methods.

When told to reboot immediately, it shuts down your session safely according to your KDE session management settings.

The script makes use of kdialog, so it will respect your look & feel preferences.

The script will auto-install an icon on your desktop.

The script will work on systems with either menu.lst or grub.conf menu files.

The script is well-documented (I hope), and contains installation instructions.

Send bug reports to my e-mail--I don't check this page often.


20040419 v1.0 Initial version
20040420 V1.1 Add features, more distribution agnostic
20040420 V1.1 Added $MENU_NOT_FOUND and $GRUB_NOT_FOUND strings
20040420 V1.1 Added routine to find grub menu file
20040420 V1.1 Added routine to find grub itself
20040420 V1.1 Added routine to find kde directories and applications
20040420 V1.1 Added $USE_HARDCODED_PATHS option to preserve ability to use on unusual systems
20040420 V1.1 Added $DO_NOT_INSTALL_ICON option so icon is only installed if it is not present & the user wants it
20040420 V1.1 Added $VERSION to facilitate testing
20040420 V1.1 Added $LANGUAGE_ENCODING to facilitate translations
20040420 V1.1 Added $BOOT_UNMOUNTED option for those whose /boot is normally unmounted.
20040421 V1.1.1 Fix Ayurvedi bug -- Menu parser too dumb to deal with minor differences in GRUB menu title entry formats.
20040421 V1.1.1 Make sure OS titles are at least 2 characters long
20040421 V1.1.1 Added $NO_MENU_ENTRY string.
20040425 v1.1.2 Apply fixes from BCJ (Thanks!) for Redhat/Fedora
20040425 v1.1.2 Added /sbin to grub exec search paths
20040425 v1.1.2 Added check if title line is commented out
20050220 v1.1.3 Set icon in OS selection dialog box
20050220 v1.1.3 Changed to work with nextboot in $PATH (_Must_ be in path now) tuxlover's bug - Thanks!
20050221 v1.1.4 Much smarter find_grub routine. Thanks deadbabylon!
20050222 v1.1.5 Much smarter menu parser.

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 No serious bug

 by marktaff on: Feb 23 2005
Score 50%

Reports of a serious bug in nextboot were determined to be due to a misconfigured grub, not any problem in nextboot.


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 Nice app, but...

 by tisource on: Mar 7 2005
Score 50%

Very nice concept...

However, is there a way to run this thing from somewhere other than the desktop? I have a link on my panel, but every time I run it, it simply generates a link on my desktop.

My desktop already has enough icons on it, and I would prefer not to have NextBoot there too.

Is there a way around this?

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 Re: Nice app, but...

 by marktaff on: Mar 12 2005
Score 50%

Read documentation in the script. You are looking for:

# Set to "TRUE" if you don't want an icon on your desktop, like if you already had one, but moved it to the panel or a custom menu
$DO_NOT_INSTALL_ICON = undef; # "TRUE" | undef

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 by tisource on: Mar 13 2005
Score 50%

Oh, okay...

That's exactly what I wanted. Thank you.

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 BIOS and 65535 cyls

 by boris67 on: Aug 27 2005
Score 50%

Booting from inside a functioning Linux can help avoid the problem of large disks. It is called the 137-GB problem or 32-GB problem, but the essence is the same - BIOS cannot work with disks that have more than 2^16 cylinders. I have the 81.9 GB Maxtor 6Y080L0 disk which is arranged as 158816 cylinders, 16 heads and 63 sectors. Unfortunately, BIOS sees only those parttitons which start in the upper third of the disk.
I have not yet tested the script.If it boots without resorting to disk BIOS functions, there is a chance that it will boot the partitions not accessible from BIOS.

Best wishes

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 As in Mandriva

 by wolfalex on: Jun 3 2006
Score 50%


I find your program very interesting. But what I want is to have something similar to Mandriva. In Mandriva when you click on the shutdown button in the KDE menu and choose to reboot, it appears a list with the next operating system to reboot with. Is there any way to integrate this program with the normal KDE shutdown button?

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