i found this thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2620733
1) grab the latest CM distribution and copy the loki_flash, loki_patch, and loki.sh files out of /system/bin/ (or from https://www.mediafire.com/?y3ubxgnxzxq89f9, which are from the Tue Jan 21 13:05:13 PST 2014 CM11 Nightly) and
2) paste them over the /system/bin/ equivalents in whatever VS980 ROM you're having problems with,
4) and clean flash the ROM in recovery.
edit: that worked!