So bad news was that, yes, because I forgot to write down my non standard password for the server I had to reinstall.
Good news is, I reinstalled gopher from my back-up and installed #NextCloud to use with my phone to sync contacts and such via VPN. Also Ubunutu did need an update to be fair.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko