With Debian 9.9 and GNOME 3.22, I'm trying to load the OS without boot menu. I've installed plymouth to show a graphical loading and set this options in grub:


But for a split second, I still see some kind of grub menu. This time with no options.

What I see is an image located here /usr/share/images/desktop-base/desktop-grub.png, and a text that says

loading linux 4.9.0-9-amd64...
loading initial memory image...

Then plymouth theme is shown and normal boot happens.

Is it possible to hide this? I would like to just see the theme


A suggested solution from https://askubuntu.com/questions/248/how-can-i-show-or-hide-boot-messages-when-ubuntu-starts...

...for just a (usually) black screen, try:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=quiet   #Don't show Ubuntu bootup text
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty12" #Don't show kernel text
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    if I remove splash then plymouth is not showing....If I do the tty12 thing, then computer halts when trying to show plymouth Jul 3 '19 at 16:58
  • now I can't boot Jul 3 '19 at 17:00
  • i'ts like plymouth is broken now and can't boot. how can I fix this? I need to edit grub Jul 3 '19 at 17:04
  • What is displayed? Is it just displaying a blank screen? Jul 3 '19 at 17:19
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    Booting from a live distro and editing /etc/default/grub from there may get around the problem, as suggested at ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1650021. (I get that your's is Debian, but Ubuntu info seems to be what's turning up.) Jul 3 '19 at 17:37

Try setting

GRUB_TERMINAL=console, once it is showing this png file!


Try deleting these lines in /etc/grub/grub.cfg

echo    'Loading Linux XXX-generic ...'
echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'

Worked for me

  • Didn't you mean: /boot/grub/grub.cfg? On Debian 10.9 that file is generated after invoking update-grub, and shouldn't be edited manually. Instead, you can change the quiet_boot variable in /etc/grub.d/10_linux in order to remove those messages from the resulting config.
    – rel
    Jun 11 at 0:10

A solution that finally worked for me under Debian 10.9 (Buster):

$ uname -a
Linux hmi 4.19.0-16-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.181-1 (2021-03-19) x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ cat /etc/default/grub
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash gfxpayload=text loglevel=3 rd.systemd.show_status=auto rd.udev.log-priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0"

$ sed -i 's/^quiet_boot="0"/quiet_boot="1"/g' /etc/grub.d/10_linux

$ update-grub
$ reboot

GRUB should now be silent and there should be no visible boot messages on the screen (note: some variables set in GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT are probably not necessary). - This gist helped to solve the issue.

This solution is not related to plymouth, but might still add some valuable information to solve the original issue.

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