Thanx for the suggestions! I expect some of the trouble may be just from the backuppc permissions as it was one of the packages installed later and the backuppc user was definitely off. As I have passwd, group, and shadow (I didn't know about that last one at all), it should be fairly straightforward this time

Dave

Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:58:56 +0100
From: arnold@arnoldarts.de
To: backuppc-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [BackupPC-users] System disk damaged

Am Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:59:01 -0600
schrieb "Michael Stowe" <mstowe@chicago.us.mensa.org>:
> Of course, depending on the thoroughness of your backups, if you
> recover /etc/password, /etc/shadow, and /etc/group ... the old user
> and group ids would be back, anyway... And it's probably worth
> pointing out that if you do this FIRST, the users would already be
> there with the old user ids and group ids and restoration would be
> fairly simple. You might want to just do that.

Be aware that if you recover passwd and groups after you install lots
of stuff on your server, the ids of the backuped data might fight while
the ids of already installed stuff are wrong. Better recover passwd and
shadow and group right after the basic install, then install what is
needed to make this machine the desired server and recover the data
from backup.

- Arnold

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