Scott - I disagree strongly that the root filesystem is usually already read-only when friendly-recovery is invoked. I don't just go to friendly recovery only when there is a problem (in fact I'm not sure I ever have in reaction to a problem). I admit I'm not a usual user, but there are plenty of cases where a cautious user might select to boot to friendly recovery because s/he wants to make sure there isn't a problem. That is to say, it's just as important to have single user mode work for preventative maintenance as for reactive maintenance. Having a friendly recovery option in grub's menu.lst instead of plain vanilla single user mode is a definite improvement. Adding the triggering of friendly-recovery to other places (failed fsck's, etc.) would be great, I just want to make sure we aren't considering losing the option of booting to single user mode.