Maas 2.9 snap bug: can't enable dhcp, get "A primary rack controller must be specified."

I seem to have run into this bug:

has anyone seen this before, and can perhaps advise how to coerce maas into working correctly with the v2.9 snap on 20.04 with zfs root?

I re-ran maas init region+rack --maas-url http://localhost:5240/MAAS on the host in question and now it’s recognized as the primary rack controller. no idea why that was necessary, but at least it’s working now.

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