Hi Jota, you've been very helpful and I appreciate your help in all this.
For now, I can keep using the older bitnami 1.28 direct install version, until this bug is remedied in the new 1.30/VM version. But I am more in waiting mode, until this blocker can get resolved.
While I can use command lines (since the 70's), they're pretty disruptive and slow on a modern machine. So for now, I'm more curious on potential timing for a fix (is this something your side can replicate yet, what is the problem, is there anything I can do to help, etc), than a command-line only work-around. Or if this isn't something that your side can/will fix, I need to go find some other solution.
But I sincerely appreciate that you were kind enough to offer the work-around, and this isn't meant as any type of scorn/scolding -- just clarifying that I'm waiting, and curious how I will know when it is working (or I can try again). Thanks.