Broken forum after migration



  • I migrated my nodebb forum to a digital ocean droplet from my local machine. I made a backup of my mongodb database and transfered it to my droplet via ssh. Rebuilt and configured nodebb using that database. When I navigate to the forum with my browser (chrome and firefox) all of the data from my local machine is there. However the header is broken and there are no tools such as admin settings button. A notification box in the bottom right says I lost my connection and it is attempting to reconnect. But I can still navigate all of the categories just fine here is a screenshot

    does anyone have experience migrating a nodebb forum that may be able to give me a direction to look as to where i might find a solution?


  • Global Moderator

    @rimann make sure that config.json contains the correct url value. It should be set to exactly the URL at which you access the site. If you're just testing, I recommend using ./nodebb dev to start NodeBB.



  • Thank you for the tip. I actually remember reading to make sure and do that but I forgot. Unfortunatly after doing this I recieve this type error:
    TypeError: Cannot read property 'replace' of null at setupConfigs (/home/riley/nodebb/src/start.js:96:68) at Object.start.start (/home/riley/nodebb/src/start.js:13:2) at Object.<anonymous> (/home/riley/nodebb/app.js:97:25) at Module._compile (module.js:577:32) 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.runMain (module.js:611:10) at run (bootstrap_node.js:387:7)


  • Global Moderator

    @rimann that probably means that you set the url value to something invalid. What did you set it to? If it's something you'd rather not share, you can PM me instead.



  • Solution

    Thanks to PitaJ I have the solution for anyone else who encounters this problem. Make sure the url in the conf.json is correct. Also make sure that the ip adress is prefixed with http://


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