Updating Ghost broke my blog

Posted April 27, 2015 4.2k views
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I’ve read a few posts on this subject, but I just updated my ghost using the DO-specific guide and it came up with a 502 error.
I followed a couple of questions on how and why this is happening, including debugging it by turning nginx off and then running npm start –production inside my ghost folder. This worked fine, I then restarted nginx and ran the command again and my blog came back up.
Problem is that naturally, this will stop working when I close down that terminal window/want to do anything else in the same terminal window, but when I close it and use “service ghost start” or “service ghost restart” I get a 502 bad gateway again.
Should note my original install was a DO one-click.

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What port is Ghost running on? Nginx listens for it on 2368.

The Upstart init script used on the “one-click” droplet essentially just runs npm start --production Here’s a copy of if:

description "Ghost: Just a blogging platform"

start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE=eth0)
stop on runlevel [!12345]

# If the process quits unexpectedly trigger a respawn

setuid ghost
setgid ghost
env NODE_ENV=production
chdir /var/www/ghost

exec /usr/local/bin/npm start --production

pre-stop exec /usr/local/bin/npm stop --production

Are there any errors in /var/log/upstart/ghost.log ?

  • This seems to be the recurring one:

    ghost@0.6.2 start /var/www/ghost
    > node index
    ^[[31mERROR: Unable to access Ghost's content path:^[[0m
      EACCES, permission denied '/var/www/ghost/content/apps/5d07aed7ead1d4bf'
    ^[[32mCheck that the content path exists and file system permissions are correct

    So I need to change the permissions on ghost I guess?

  • @charlottegodley Yep. Looks like the permissions got changed when downloading the new release. Running chown -R ghost:ghost /var/www/ghost should clear that up. Let us know if you still have issues!