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In desktop Ubuntu there is handy GRUB menu, but there is no such menu in Ubuntu Server. How do I get into recovery (single-user) mode on Ubuntu Server then?

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I've found the answer - I had to hold shift to see the GRUB menu.

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  • Booting into recovery mode
  • Switch on your computer.

    Wait until the BIOS has finished loading, or has almost finished. (During this time you will probably see a logo of your computer manufacturer.)

    Quickly press and hold the Shift key, which will bring up the GNU GRUB menu. (If you see the Ubuntu logo, you've missed the point where you can enter the GRUB menu.)

    Select the line which starts with "Advanced options" or ending with "(recovery mode).

    Ubuntu GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.8.0-26-generic (recovery mode)

    Press Return and your machine will begin the boot process.

    Select "Drop to root shell prompt"

    The root partition is mounted read-only. To mount it read/write, enter the command

    mount -o remount,rw /

    If you have /home, /boot, /tmp, or any other mount point on a separate partition, you can mount them with the command

    mount --all

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