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In Ubuntu, /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober overrides grub menu style and timeout defined by the user in /etc/default/grub. Here is a workaround to save the menu style and timeout values before os-prober changes them, and to restore them afterwards. The two files need to be placed under /etc/grub.d and made executable. Finally, "sudo update-grub" should…
#! /bin/sh
set -e
# Save the $timeout and $timeout_style values set by /etc/grub.d/00_header
# before /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober messes them up.
cat << EOF
set timeout_bak=\${timeout}
set timeout_style_bak=\${timeout_style}
EOF
#! /bin/sh
set -e
# Reset $timeout and $timeout_style to their original values
# set by /etc/grub.d/00_header before /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober messed them up.
cat << EOF
set timeout=\${timeout_bak}
set timeout_style=\${timeout_style_bak}
EOF

pepa65 commented Dec 2, 2016

Have you tried reporting this undesirable behaviour of os-prober??

Thanks for this. What a PITA... For more context, I found this Gist via this StackOverflow answer.

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