Great! I’m glad the hack worked for you.
Actually, I’m feeling no pain, other than debug time, as I’m still in the getting-to-know-you phase with Magento and I’m only running in a test environment.
Regarding my configuration: Single domain, 2 “websites” (folders), 2 stores.
My goal is to have separate stores arranged this way where each store selectively enables product categories from a common database.
Again, at one point everthing was close other than customer login occassionally being misguided to the root store. The only thing that I can think of that triggered the state of no longer being able to access or login to the secondary stores was turning off the cache feature.
With the new install I’ll track everything a bit more closely and file a bug report with definitive scenarios.
Thanks for caring, lindaw!
(Actually, I had thought to comment in my prior post that one of the things that will help make Magento great, beyond the wizards at Varien, is a great community of people helping people!)