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xcloner installed & made my backup correctly.
the clone process worked great.
but the clone site doesn't follow module layout rules. All modules show on all pages no matter what. Changing the backend doesn't change anything.
to fix I had to Drop all tables form the new clone database, extract the DB from the backup and re-import using PHPMYADMIN.
so...i could have done this without xcloner....sort of doesn't help if I have to manually do this.