Sorry for being AWOP (away without posts). We upgraded the underlying OS on this server, and in the process we made the machine non-bootable. It was booting from a logical volume, which is illogical. And after the upgrade, not a valid drive. And since this isn’t “mission critical”, we didn’t have a hot spare. So, this is now the backup of WordPress restored to a wiped-clean and re-installed machine. I think it is close to back-to-normal. Never upgrade a machine if you don’t remember exactly how and why it was set up the way it was (random chance or old poor decisions?). Thanks to my anonymous colleagues for fixing it.
The trauma is too fresh right now for me to write more, but I think I now owe Gene some posts soon. Perhaps I’ll start my long-promised series “Customer Service made worse with Technology”