Can't restart ghost on my droplet

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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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:

  1. sudo chgrp ghost-mgw config.production.json

Regards, Bobby