No packages after restoring backup
I've asked various things around this subject but still don't know the answer so I'm hoping someone will know what to do. I'm restoring from backup and all the settings show up but no packages. The config file has the <installedpackages> section and all the packages are there so it seems they should come in. If I install the packages then they show up with the expected config already in there. If I go into Backup/Restore and select to restore the Package Manager then the Reinstall Packages button shows up. If I then click on the button it goes to the Packages Reinstallation section and just says "Please wait while the update system initializes". Rebooting the system doesn't help. Any ideas?
Or maybe it's something more. I can't finish installing packages. It always stops at "Writing configuration... done." After a reboot I'm able to install the next package. Just very wonky ever since going from 2.4.4 to 2.4.5. The config.xml should be compatible.