I'm stuck at the "You are in emergency mode screen" (Ubuntu 20) while trying to log in into my machine.

Picture of the emergency mode screen

I booted from a liveUSB and run the command fsck but doesn't seem to work. First I listed my drives

Picture of the drive list returned

And then run fsck. I don't know if it is supposed to perform like this, but hardly anything showed up in the console

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Also, I don't understand why sda1 shows as a boot partition in the drive list, since it is just a storage partition. The computer actually boots from sdb.

Just for context: I ran into this problem when I hard reseted my machine as it freezed during boot up.

Thank you in advance.

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After an hour or so of trying, I've found out that on the emergency mode screen you can input your root password and then type "mount -a" and that fixes the problem.

Sorry to bother you, I'm just too inexperienced and Ubuntu has a really steep learning curve.

I'd like to leave this thread undeleted as it may help someone else.

Thank you again for your time and sorry for the inconvenience.

  • This may be a workaround, but this isn't the proper solution. Did you fsck sdb5/7/8? Edit your question and show me free -h and sysctl vm.swappiness and cat /etc/fstab and sudo blkid. Start comments to me with @heynnema or I'll miss them.
    – heynnema
    Jul 7, 2020 at 21:36

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