I just installed Ubuntu 16.04 and everything was working fine until I rebooted and got stuck with this emergency mode message.

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/dev/sda6: recovering journal
/dev/sda6: clean, 193225/9527296 files, 1610280/38077184 blocks
Welcome to emergency mode! After logging in, type "journalctl -xb" to view 
system logs, "systemctl reboot" to reboot, "systemctl default" or ^D to
try again to boot into default mode.
Press Enter for maintenance   
(or press Control-D to continue):

Even if I press Ctrl+D nothing works. I cannot log in. I have already tried using nomodeset but it did not work as well.


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I'd suggest that you also try systemctl default as suggested by the CLI. If this does not help, there is a similar issue here.

  • That worked for me but how about how to diagnose what caused Ubuntu to boot into emergency mode? Dec 30, 2016 at 4:44

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