#24 Set default OS via config file

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2007-01-29
2006-10-17
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I'm looking at using rEFIt in a Lab environment, and need to be able to
change the default boot OS.

Ideally I would put rEFIt on the EFI partition and then from which ever OS I
have booted I could edit the file and reboot the machine. After the time
out it would boot to the OS that I selected in the config file.

Discussion

  • w.s_at_lmu.de
    w.s_at_lmu.de
    2006-10-20

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    This feature would help us a lot, because we want our public
    cluster machines to triple reboot nightly between MacOS,
    Linux and Windows in order to do automatic system upgrades
    for MacOS and Windows as well as check and download Debian
    upgrades from our mirror.
    We are greedy for it ... ;-}

     
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    An extension to this request:
    In a lab environment, one of the problems we face is keep all the different OS's and their programs updated. In an ideal world, you'd have a cron job in OSX or Linux (and equiv. in windows) that would run nightly and look on a server to see if there are updates waiting for any of the supported OS's. If so, poke the default boot OS and force a restart so the machine would reboot into that OS and could be forced to download/install the updates. I think all that would be possible with just the addition of "Set default OS via config file".

    ebrewer@email.smith.edu

     
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    An extension to this request:
    In a lab environment, one of the problems we face is keep all the different OS's and their programs updated. In an ideal world, you'd have a cron job in OSX or Linux (and equiv. in windows) that would run nightly and look on a server to see if there are updates waiting for any of the supported OS's. If so, poke the default boot OS and force a restart so the machine would reboot into that OS and could be forced to download/install the updates. I think all that would be possible with just the addition of "Set default OS via config file".

    ebrewer@email.smith.edu

     
    • labels: --> rEFIt Functional
    • milestone: --> rEFIt 1.0 (Next Major Release)
    • priority: 5 --> 4
     
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    I'd like to add my support for something like this also. I am replacing a PC lab with Intel Macs but would like the boot to default to the Windows OS in that room

     
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    Yeah, this feature could safe time for me too.
    I boot Linux more frequenty then MacOSX, so
    I would like to change default OS to Linux,
    so that I would not need to manualy switch...

     
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    In addition, it would be great to be able to set the default HDD to boot from, I use leopard on my internal HDD, Leopard on a partition on my external Firewire 400 HDD and XP on another partition of the internal HDD. By default with refit installed, it always defaults to the external firewire HDD and I want it to default to the internal mac OS X partition NOT the XP one. I have tried to enter (by guessing) the 'legacyfirst' comment by uncommenting it and changing it to E.G. 'Leopard New' (the name of my external HDD partition with Leopard on it) but no joy. Help refit! Please release this functinality soon!

     
  • I also run a large computer lab with dual-boot macs, and would like the ability to set & change the default boot partition from within either windows or os x. It would greatly simplify the update process for lab machines.