I downloaded the footprints from here: https://github.com/KiCad/kicad-footprints
And followed your suggestions on Library management. Everything seemed right, but still not finding the files. Then I noticed that, for some reason, there was a quote character ’ in my paths.
I fixed this and now the footprints are loaded. Kind of embarrassing, but that quote character in the environment variable path was really subtle.
I am getting some “not found errors” now, listed here
The following libraries were not found:
How does Kicad even know I’m missing these?