The folder is probably named /home/nodebb/nodebb not /path/to/nodebb so try. cd /home/nodebb/nodebb to go to the installation directory. If that gives the same error you can list the contents of the /home/nodebb directory by the ls command and find out the real name of the nodebb installation directory.
Prelude: Last year, ran nodeBB under a root user just fine. many months later, system crashed and had to wipe the server. This time on installation, on a new server, ran into various errors. Was told not to run nodeBB under the root user, so --
Creating a new user, and pulling and installing a different instance of nodeBB I am now running into errors with npm install (even using the global command) and generally overall.
Is this still due to file permission issues regarding the first time setting up nodeBB on the new server? Or is something else to blame?
When utilizing nodeBB on the new user, npm gives errors such as not finding modules (even tried removing node_modules directory and doing npm -g install), and when I do get the npm install to not crash, running any ./nodebb command still gives errors.
Does anyone know the issue at hand? I'm thinking of wiping the server, and giving it one more try via not using root from the start to see if the errors can be avoided altogether - if not I may just move on to a different forum system.