Confirmed, I just did the install with zero sample files as well.
So I just installed this as Per the wiki (the freepbx install part with “sudo su”), and it seems that having an empty modules.conf file is the solution that I have been looking for from the start of all this samples file confusion.
Unfortunately nobody ever suggested trying this. I got to the point that I narrowed down the required sample files for my install method down to a couple files, and at that point you mentioned the empty modules.conf file needed (which is better than using the sample one) Also earlier in the thread you pointed out the required empty statsd.conf file.
I just tried this myself, and the entire issue when I was trying to install this following the wiki was because of the missing modules.conf file. A lot of time could have been saved had I realized this sooner.
I did learn some stuff in the process of working on this, so the time spent was not a complete waste. I also devised a very nice backup and restore solution, in which I can boot to another copy of ubuntu, issue a backup of a partition in about 30 seconds (or restore the partition in about 60 seconds) and then boot back to my main copy of ubuntu, all VIA SSH, without even touching the remote computer or any usb thumb drives.
I have updated the existing wiki and modified the touch line to include the other empty .conf files.
going to clean up this guide one more time.
Also, I appreciate you posting @reraikes it is helpful information
After rereading my post, it seemed I was frustrated, and I just want to make sure you know I am not frustrated with you It is just frustrating when the reason for something not working is not at all obvious.