Hello script running with no pm2 scripts enabled

My droplet was working fine, but my payment was overdue so it got suspended. I payed everything off and server is running again. My data got preserved and nothing has changed.

But this time it is stuck on initial hello script saying “Sammy welcomes you to your Droplet!” There is no pm2 scripts running, the hello script is deleted. My nuxt application is showing: Error: Address `` is already in use. so there is something running. I tried killing pm2, restarting everything from droplet to pm2 and I spent multiple hours trying get this to work.

When I run pm2 list - it’s empty. When I run pm2 start npm -- start it says online but it keeps restarting every few seconds. When I run pm2 show hello it says: [PM2][WARN] hello doesn't exist

I tried reinstalling pm2, killing it, cleaning cache, restarting nginx, droplet and more…

How can I get rid of this hello script and free my 3000 port so I can run my app? Thanks.

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Fixed by deleting .pm2 folder from my droplet.

Having the same issue. What I did:

  1. unistalled pm2
  2. removed .pm2 folder
  3. killed NodeJS process on port 3000
  4. restarted nginx
  5. reload browser page — the page is not responding (expected)
  6. install pm2 globally
  7. without any further console commands I reload browser page and the ‘hello’ script is working. How? Why?

Why I can’t control it? How to make the behavior predictable? Please, help.

I had a similar problem, though the hello.js script still existed as a file on the server. The hello script was submitted by the nodejs-user, so to make any pm2 commands I had to write sudo -u nodejs list, sudo -u nodejs restart hello and so on.

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