Ghost installation won't update - "Unexpected identifier" error

I am trying to update my Ghost installation through the console. I’ve signed in, changed directory to var/www/ghost, and updated the Ghost CLI to the most recent version (1.31.1 as of this writing). But then when I type ghost update I get this:

    static async _run(commandName, argv = {}, extensions) {

SyntaxError: Unexpected identifier
    at createScript (vm.js:56:10)
    at Object.runInThisContext (vm.js:97:10)
    at Module._compile (module.js:549:28)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:586:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:494:32)
    at tryModuleLoad (module.js:453:12)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:445:3)
    at Module.require (module.js:504:17)
    at require (internal/module.js:20:19)
    at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/lib/node_modules/ghost-cli/lib/bootstrap.js:6:17)

I get the same result if I also switch to the Ghost manager first.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Bobby Iliev
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December 22, 2019
Accepted Answer

Hi @roberttalbert,

I can see that someone reported the exact same problem in the Ghost forum here:

People there are suggesting that in order to fix this error you need to update your Node.js version from 6.x to 10.x.

What I could suggest here is first taking a Snapshot of your Droplet, just to be on the safe side. That way if anything goes wrong, you could always revert back.

Once you have the Snapshot taken, you could try following the steps from the Ghost forum:

  • Add the NodeSource APT repository for Node 10:
  1. curl -sL | sudo -E bash
  • Install Node.js
  1. apt-get install -y nodejs
  • Afterwards test your Node.js version::
nodejs --version
npm --version

Let me know how it goes! Regards, Bobby

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