Laptop logic board died.
Hard drive is fine.
Got a new laptop (not the way to upgrade!)
Client WordPress site runs fine from external hard drive and new install of MAMP. Databases copied over and such (after minor heart attack when not copying over the required INNODB files)
rsync over to local drive and it doesn’t work. “Pages” aren’t working. URLs like /?p=5 work fine. Rewriting is an issue.
Make a new host at old.clientsite.dev (with the very helpful and neat virtualhostx) and point it at the external drive. Still fine. but clientsite.dev still no go.
Tried to set up RewriteLogging but it doesn’t work. Thrash around for hours.
httpd.conf has the goods
but no go. Not sure why. Notice in /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf that there is one difference. The old vhost has AllowOverride All whereas the new one does not. Added that, and all is good.
Back to work again.