Ubuntu: Root shell in recovery mode unusable on Mac (16.10 Desktop)



Question:

I tried to use recovery mode as follows:

  • Restart, holding Shift
  • In GRUB menu, select Advanced Options, then Ubuntu, with Linux 4.8.0-34-generic (recovery mode)
  • Press enter to get the root shell prompt

Now I cannot type certain characters, such as w or x.

I suppose the keyboard layout got selected wrongly, but how to fix this?

One idea was to press e before selecting the recovery mode to edit the launch commands. But I do not know what to do here. I hope someone can enlighten me on how to set a generic functioning keyboard here, or suggest another solution.

PS: This was originally posted because of a lost password. I fixed this with a clean reinstall. But the original problem with the unusable recovery mode is still there.


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