Can't restart ghost on my droplet

Posted December 14, 2020 608 views

I am trying to upgrade my Ghost installation from 3.2 to 3.40.1, however after following the instructions here in which I stopped the ghost service, downloaded the latest zip from, and unzipped it and replaced my files in the core directory, when I try to restart the service with ghost start I get the following error:

Ghost-CLI commands do not work inside of a git clone, zip download or with Ghost <1.0.0.

I am in /var/www/ghost right now.


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  • It looks like the old update instructions I found are out of date. I’ve been following the instructions here with some success. I removed a ton of junk files from my ghost directory.

    Next I ran ghost doctor and was told I had some permission issues and that I should run sudo find ./ ! -path "./versions/*" -type f -exec chmod 664 {} \; so I did. Then I was able to run ghost update successfully, and now I have:

    Ghost-CLI version: 1.15.3
    Ghost version: 3.40.1 (at /var/www/ghost)

    However, I’m now getting the following error when running ghost start:

    ✖ Starting Ghost: morgz-org
    A ProcessError occurred.
    Message: EACCES: permission denied, open '/var/www/ghost/config.production.json'
    Exit code: EACCES
    Debug Information:
        OS: Ubuntu, v18.04.4 LTS
        Node Version: v12.20.0
        Ghost Version: 3.40.1
        Ghost-CLI Version: 1.15.3
        Environment: production
        Command: 'ghost start'

    The permissions for config.production.json are:
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 ghost ghost 798 Jun 24 21:01 config.production.json

    The only thing I see that might be an issue is that I’m logged in a ghost-mgr, but the owner of the file is ghost?

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Hi there @morganholland,

Yes indeed this is quite possibly the reason why you are seeing that permissions error.

Have you tried setting the group of the file to the ghost-mgw user instead? You can do that with the following command:

  • sudo chgrp ghost-mgw config.production.json