New /boot/message File?

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I’ve just updated my 5.8 box and there’s a new kernel to be installed. Looking at /boot/ directory I see this file called message:

-rw-r–r– root root 80032 Mar 12 2009 message

Can anyone twll me what this message file is for please? Is this a new grub or kernel file?

Kind Regards,

6 thoughts on - New /boot/message File?

  • $ file message message: PCX ver. 3.0 image data bounding box [0, 0] – [319, 199], 8-bit colour, 300 x 300 dpi, RLE compressed

    $ display message

    and you see a CentOS logo. Splash screen on boot?


  • [hughesjr@localhost boot]$ rpm -q –whatprovides /boot/message redhat-logos-4.9.99-11.el5.CentOS.noarch

    [hughesjr@chakra boot]$ file /boot/message
    /boot/message: PCX ver. 3.0 image data bounding box [0, 0] – [319, 199],
    8-bit colour, 300 x 300 dpi, RLE compressed

    This is the graphical image that grub uses when you boot. see this for details:

    NOTE: This file is not new, it has been in /boot/ since the Red Hat Linux 5.x days at least.

  • Thanks Mogens and Johnny for your replies.

    /boot/message is the CentOS 5 logo that I see when doing a fresh installation from DVD.

    I have moved grub to a seperate boot partition, and I have not noticed the CentOS /boot/message file until now, which is why I asked what it was.

    When Grub boots from my seperate boot partition, it uses the

    [root@karsites grub]# file splash.xpm.gz splash.xpm.gz: gzip compressed data, was “splash.xpm”, from Unix, last modified: Tue Jan 27 22:38:12 2009

    under /mnt/GrubBoot/boot/grub/

    I moved Grub boot loader to a seperate partition to stop the grub.conf file from being updated when there is a kernel update. I like to change grub.conf manually myself, just in case there are any issues with a newer kernel.




  • The edit the /etc/sysconfig/kernel file and tell the system not to update the default kernel to the newly install one.

  • Thanks for that William, I’ll check that out soon.

    Kind Regards,



  • Hi Reindl.

    I install it but delay using it untill I decide to activate it myself.

    This is part of my grub.conf file Reindl:


    # comment this out to skip the countdown screen
    # and go straight to the GRUB boot menu and stop there.
    # timeout00


    title Initial CentOS 5.5 DVD kernel (vmlinuz-2.6.18-194.el5)
    root (hd0,1)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-194.el5 ro root=LABEL