Was following this guide on how to mount a drive for installing steam games but then after a restart got stuck in emergency mode.


Am new to Linux so am totally confused as to what I'm supposed to do now.

  • Hi and welcome. I am not sure what you mean by 'emergency mode'. Can you please clarify? – Syd Nov 12 '19 at 19:01
  • i.stack.imgur.com/7Dhyo.jpg This is the screen I'm stuck in – someguynamedR Nov 12 '19 at 19:42
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    I guess you just completed Step 5: Restart and See If It Worked Undo your modifications in /etc/fstab or in case you added new lines, comment them out with # at the beginning of the line. – AlexOnLinux Nov 12 '19 at 20:13
  • Sorry, but how do I edit the fstab file? A live usb and trying to edit it from emergency mode gives me "permission denied". – someguynamedR Nov 13 '19 at 7:37

Took hours of research but I finally found the solution.

When boot into emergency mode, press enter to enter maintenance.

You'll already be root and have read write permission so just type vi /etc/fstab to edit the fstab file which is what decides what gets mounted in boot I think. Delete your changes by using the arrow keys to go down to where you made the change, and use the delete button to remove the changes.

After that, type :wq which saves the changes and finally type reboot


By the way, I think the guide made my system fail because the name of my drive had a space in it. System76 recommends not adding spaces to drive names so maybe that's the case.

  • vi / vim has a larger learning curve than nano – philn Dec 10 '19 at 20:37

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