I have a Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 dual boot system. On boot, the grub menu appears. I see "Windows 7" and the normal "Ubuntu 10.04" but there's also a "Ubuntu 10.04 (Recovery)".
What is the recovery option for? What does it do differently?
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Recovery mode boots up with basic services and drops you to a command line as root. From there you can repair any problems that are preventing you from booting Ubuntu normally.
Using recovery mode requires a little experience with the command line.