Suddenly asked to create admin account despite setting up nextcloud weeks ago

Nextcloud version (eg, 20.0.5): linuxserver:latest
Operating system and version (eg, Ubuntu 20.04): Raspbery Pi OS “Bookworm”
Apache or nginx version (eg, Apache 2.4.25): Nignx
PHP version (eg, 7.4): replace me

The issue you are facing:

Is this the first time you’ve seen this error? (Y/N): Y

I have been using this on a raspberry pi for several weeks without issue, today i have gone to log into the dashbaord and its asking me to create an admin account, which I have already done when i first installed. The users folder seems to have just vanished, luckily no data has been lost!
can somebody point towards what has happened here. I have asked in linuxserver and they pointed me here, both my /config and/data were pointing to my external storage. I really do not know what has happned here

There no longer is any config.php when i run (in the /nextcloud folder

find ./*config*

I get no such file or directory

I am using external storage for the nextcloud instane

The output of your Nextcloud log in Admin > Logging:

The output of your config.php file in /path/to/nextcloud (make sure you remove any identifiable information!): There is nothing there but i did find this under /nextcloud/log/php

[25-Jan-2024 18:44:20] NOTICE: Terminating ...
[25-Jan-2024 18:44:20] NOTICE: exiting, bye-bye!
[25-Jan-2024 18:45:11] NOTICE: fpm is running, pid 335
[25-Jan-2024 18:45:11] NOTICE: ready to handle connections
[25-Jan-2024 19:04:41] NOTICE: Terminating ...
[25-Jan-2024 19:04:41] NOTICE: exiting, bye-bye!
[25-Jan-2024 19:07:36] NOTICE: fpm is running, pid 312
[25-Jan-2024 19:07:36] NOTICE: ready to handle connections
[25-Jan-2024 19:46:07] NOTICE: Terminating ...
[25-Jan-2024 19:46:07] NOTICE: exiting, bye-bye!

The output of your Apache/nginx/system log in /var/log/____:

2024/01/25 12:38:13 [error] 344#344: *1 connect() failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, client:, server: _, request: "GET /index.php/204 HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://", host: "redacted.redacted:portnumber"

Output errors in nextcloud.log in /var/www/ or as admin user in top right menu, filtering for errors. Use a pastebin service if necessary.

I’m not clear what you mean by this statement. External Storage means something specific in Nextcloud. I’m guessing you mean it some some other way.

Can you post your Docker Compose file?

I suspect this is a Docker level matter.

I mean that /config and /data are pointing to a usb drive and not the default nextcloud locations.

I set this all up using portainer and set the variables that way, so I dont have a direct docker-compose file.

Its been working fine up until yesterday (well thats when I noticed at least )