LKBEN11393: Ubuntu Linux, how to enable boot messages during startup

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LKB | Created: 16/09/2020 | Version: 1 | Language: EN | Rating: 0 | Outdated: False | Marked for deletion: False

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Latest update: 01/10/2020 | Comment:


When booting your linux system, you do have a blank screen till the gui starts


This is a configuration which can be changed. The default ist quiet and splash.


To change this configuration you need to edit the grub configuration. On Ubuntu this can be done via /etc/default/grub. You can use any editor you like.

sudo vim /etc/default/grub

Now you locate the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" and delete the parameters. You should now have the following line in your configuration:


I also like to change the GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE to countdown and to set the GRUB_TIMEOUT to 10.




After your changes you need to execute the update-grub command to update your configuration.

sudo update-grub


This article has been checked and works on Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS. Please note that after these changes you might see the following error:

can't find HWMATCH

This error can be ignored. (it was there in quiet mode too) If you want to complete disable this error, you need to update your configuration in /etc/grub.d/10_linux by commenting a few lines out.


About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux in different European countries and different European languages. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform where he is one of the most important contributors and the main developer.


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