Unable to Update Ghost As Ghost-Mgr - 'EACCES: permission denied, open '/var/www/ghost/.ghost-cli''

Posted January 26, 2021 1.1k views

Evening All.

I’m new to Ghost, but have [somehow] managed to get a blog up-and-running -

However, as part of my first routine Ghost “maintenance checks”, I am trying to update Ghost, using a Windows Command Prompt window.

I have tried to run the $ ghost update command, as the root, ghost-mgr (I set up Ghost using a Digital Ocean applet), and another user I created, as advised to do so during Digital Ocean’s installation guide.

Unfortunately, all three accounts keep resulting in the following error:

'EACCES: permission denied, open '/var/www/ghost/.ghost-cli''

As such, I tried following as per this Ghost help article -

The moment I get to the point where I provide the command…

mv /root/.ghost/config /home/<user>/.ghost/config

[Where I replace user with the third user referenced further above - the one that isn’t root or ghost-mgr]

…I receive the following error:

mv: cannot stat '/root/.ghost/config': Permission denied

As such, as I’m at a complete loss now as to how to provide this third user with write access to the root website directory i.e. /var/www/ghost

Many other articles seem to suggest that the ghost-mgr user should be able to run the Ghost update, but in my case, I still receive the ‘Permission Denied’ error highlighted further above.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am a complete beginner when it comes to using command line prompts, so where possible, when looking to reply, please bear this in mind, as I may need a little more support than most.

Thanks, everyone.

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Hi there,

As per this discussion here, what you could do is change the owner of the ghost-cli folder to the Ghost user directly:

chown ghost-mgr:ghost-mgr /var/www/ghost/.ghost-cli
chown ghost-mgr:ghost-mgr /var/www/ghost/config.production.json

Let me know how it goes.