I don't want grub to "search" for anything. I know where my root file system is, and it will always be there (/dev/sda1), and I don't want grub to go looking at all the connected drives to find some other root (it seems to always finds the wrong one).
I have been able to disable UUID use in the kernel-loading line with:
in /etc/default/grub, but the resulting /boot/grub/grub.cfg still has lines like:
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1 3f8c2b36-5d8f-40ac-9b63-7d1445805925
and I don't want those. I don't want it to search at all. I further turned off "os-probing" with:
which keeps it from finding backup copies of my system on other attached disks, but I don't want ANY instance of the "search" command in grub, let alone with UUIDs that I already told it not to use.
I hate grub. I just want my machine to boot with root=/dev/sda1, without probing all over my system, without looking for UUIDs that might not be there, without anything. Like it used to boot in 1999, with LILO.
I would actually use LILO or syslinux or something if it weren't for the fact that Ubuntu uses grub, and therefore if I want to be able to keep up with their kernel updates, I'm pretty much forced to use it. I just want it to be the simplest configuration humanly possible (which I know is still going to result in a 200-line grub.cfg, but oh well).