I finally imaged the hard drive in my old 486 to mount it and see what nostalgic treasures I could find...
And I see that /home is missing. The last thing I remember doing with this system was messing about with its partitions and filesystems, and it looks like there's nothing but a fresh Debian install, circa Linux 2.2.20. Go me.
Nope, it's not even a fresh Debian install. /sbin/init doesn't exist, so this must have been a botched attempt at installing a new system. Figures, since the datestamps are all around 2003, which is a long time after I thought I was done using the machine this drive came out of.
"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