I thank you both. True, while I thought I'd placed the file in root, it seemed to have poof vanished. I moved it there, ran ls -la and voila! there is was.
i ran the commands again, but I did so without home/user/ as you suggested rlparker.
Right now, there's no error message, just the green block at command prompt. I'm not sure what that means, though. Um, well, garsh. I looked at MySQL and the files have been imported. yes!
Alas, this seems to have broken the blog because, while it's linking to the style sheet properly, there is no stylesheet via port 80. Can see it there with FTP, it just doesn't come up in a browser. Odd.
Could the fact that I only uploaded comments and not posts yet whack the front end of the blog like this?
Well, I'll finish uploading posts and see what happens. TG for default themes, eh?
Thanks much for the help.