Can't get Nginx to work



  • Hello,

    I'm in the process of setting up a nodebb forum on a virtual machine. The goal is to make the forum accessible from the local network via the local machine's ip, since I don't own a domain yet. I don't want to have to specify the port when entering the ip address into a browser

    Current issues:

    • If I enter the ip address of the VM into the browser of a computer on the same local network, I don't get forwarded to the forum if the port isn't specified. I just see the Nginx default page.

    • If I enter the ip address of the VM with the nodebbb port 4567, I can access the forum, but unfortunately, I experience regular connection issues.

    I read that both issues can be connected, so hopefully it's an easy fix.

    Nginx Status
    nginx_status.PNG
    Nginx NodeBB Config
    nginx_config_nodebb.PNG
    NodeBB Config
    nodebb_config.PNG
    Nginx Config
    nginx_config_1.PNG
    nginx_config_2.PNG

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks!


  • Global Moderator

    server_name should be set to 127.0.0.1



  • @PitaJ

    Thank you! This fixed the issue that I couldn't access the forum by entering the local ip address of the virtual machine into the browser (http://192.168.178.54) of a computer in the same network.

    Unfortunately, the connection issues still persists, whether or not I connect from the VM itself or from a different computer.

    nginx sites_available.PNG

    nodebb_config.PNG

    Adding the port to the url or leaving it out didn't make a difference. I also tried the local ip as URL with and without specified port.

    222222.PNG


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    The URL in your browser bar and the url value in config.json must match exactly to fix that issue.

    So it should work if you leave out the port and use https://your.lan.ip in config.json

    See the following topic for more info:

    https://community.nodebb.org/topic/13388/faq-websockets-not-working-due-to-misconfigured-origins



  • @PitaJ said in Can't get Nginx to work:

    The URL in your browser bar and the url value in config.json must match exactly to fix that issue.

    So it should work if you leave out the port and use https://your.lan.ip in config.json

    See the following topic for more info:

    https://community.nodebb.org/topic/13388/faq-websockets-not-working-due-to-misconfigured-origins

    I just tried that without success (yes, I made sure to restart NodeBB). Also, the developer mode doesn't fix the problem (contrary to what's stated in the linked thread).

    I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the issue, but I had a few errors while setting up NodeBB initially, which I had to address.

    npm ERR! path /home/benedikt/.npm/index-v5/2b/b7/5605911c6e8a323c274c5905a25a7425d38df8289efa2b50cc0e37b1dd4e
    npm ERR! code EACCES
    npm ERR! errno -13
    npm ERR! syscall open
    npm ERR! Error: EACCES: permission denied, open '/home/benedikt/.npm/index-v5/2b/b7/5605911c6e8a323c274c5905a25a7425d38df8289efa2b50cc0e37b1dd4e'
    npm ERR!  { [Error: EACCES: permission denied, open '/home/benedikt/.npm/index-v5/2b/b7/5605911c6e8a323c274c5905a25a7425d38df8289efa2b50cc0e37b1dd4e']
    npm ERR!   cause:
    npm ERR!    { Error: EACCES: permission denied, open '/home/benedikt/.npm/index-v5/2b/b7/5605911c6e8a323c274c5905a25a7425d38df8289efa2b50cc0e37b1dd4e'
    npm ERR!      errno: -13,
    npm ERR!      code: 'EACCES',
    npm ERR!      syscall: 'open',
    npm ERR!      path:
    npm ERR!       '/home/benedikt/.npm/index-v5/2b/b7/5605911c6e8a323c274c5905a25a7425d38df8289efa2b50cc0e37b1dd4e' },
    npm ERR!   isOperational: true,
    npm ERR!   stack:
    npm ERR!    'Error: EACCES: permission denied, open \'/home/benedikt/.npm/index-v5/2b/b7/5605911c6e8a323c274c5905a25a7425d38df8289efa2b50cc0e37b1dd4e\'',
    npm ERR!   errno: -13,
    npm ERR!   code: 'EACCES',
    npm ERR!   syscall: 'open',
    npm ERR!   path:
    npm ERR!    '/home/benedikt/.npm/index-v5/2b/b7/5605911c6e8a323c274c5905a25a7425d38df8289efa2b50cc0e37b1dd4e' }
    npm ERR! 
    npm ERR! The operation was rejected by your operating system.
    npm ERR! It is likely you do not have the permissions to access this file as the current user
    npm ERR! 
    npm ERR! If you believe this might be a permissions issue, please double-check the
    npm ERR! permissions of the file and its containing directories, or try running
    npm ERR! the command again as root/Administrator (though this is not recommended).
    
    npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
    npm ERR!     /home/benedikt/.npm/_logs/2019-03-26T11_23_28_953Z-debug.log
    

    This fixed the error:

    benedikt@ubuntu:/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB$ sudo npm install -g --unsafe-perm=true --allow-root
    + nodebb@1.11.2
    added 1 package in 3.912s
    benedikt@ubuntu:/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB$ ./nodebb setup
    2019-03-26T11:25:02.767Z [19309] - info: NodeBB Setup Triggered via Command Line
    
    Welcome to NodeBB v1.11.2!
    

    Another issue that came up a few times during the installation was that benchpress was missing.

    benedikt@ubuntu:/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB$ ./nodebb setup
    2019-03-26T11:16:57.048Z [undefined/19138] - error: uncaughtException: Cannot find module 'benchpressjs'
    Error: Cannot find module 'benchpressjs'
        at Function.Module._resolveFilename (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:582:15)
        at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:508:25)
        at Module.require (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:637:17)
        at require (internal/modules/cjs/helpers.js:22:18)
        at Object.<anonymous> (/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB/install/web.js:13:18)
        at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:701:30)
        at Object.Module._extensions..js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:712:10)
        at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:600:32)
        at tryModuleLoad (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:539:12)
        at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:531:3) {"error":{"code":"MODULE_NOT_FOUND"},"stack":"Error: Cannot find module 'benchpressjs'\n    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:582:15)\n    at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:508:25)\n    at Module.require (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:637:17)\n    at require (internal/modules/cjs/helpers.js:22:18)\n    at Object.<anonymous> (/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB/install/web.js:13:18)\n    at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:701:30)\n    at Object.Module._extensions..js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:712:10)\n    at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:600:32)\n    at tryModuleLoad (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:539:12)\n    at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:531:3)","exception":true,"date":"Tue Mar 26 2019 12:16:57 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)","process":{"pid":19138,"uid":1000,"gid":1000,"cwd":"/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB","execPath":"/usr/bin/node","version":"v10.15.3","argv":["/usr/bin/node","/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB/nodebb","setup"],"memoryUsage":{"rss":57671680,"heapTotal":37748736,"heapUsed":21650432,"external":887293}},"os":{"loadavg":[0.33642578125,0.35888671875,0.2109375],"uptime":6022},"trace":[{"column":15,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"Module._resolveFilename","line":582,"method":"_resolveFilename","native":false},{"column":25,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"Module._load","line":508,"method":"_load","native":false},{"column":17,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"Module.require","line":637,"method":"require","native":false},{"column":18,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/helpers.js","function":"require","line":22,"method":null,"native":false},{"column":18,"file":"/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB/install/web.js","function":null,"line":13,"method":null,"native":false},{"column":30,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"Module._compile","line":701,"method":"_compile","native":false},{"column":10,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"Module._extensions..js","line":712,"method":".js","native":false},{"column":32,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"Module.load","line":600,"method":"load","native":false},{"column":12,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"tryModuleLoad","line":539,"method":null,"native":false},{"column":3,"file":"internal/modules/cjs/loader.js","function":"Module._load","line":531,"method":"_load","native":false}]}
    benedikt@ubuntu:/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB$ sudo npm install
    
    > benchpressjs@1.2.10 install /var/www/nodebb/NodeBB/node_modules/benchpressjs
    > cd rust/benchpress-rs && npm install
    
    
    > benchpress-rs@0.1.0 install /var/www/nodebb/NodeBB/node_modules/benchpressjs/rust/benchpress-rs
    > neon build >> build.log 2>&1 || exit 0
    
    npm notice created a lockfile as package-lock.json. You should commit this file.
    added 87 packages from 83 contributors in 4.292s
    
    ┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
    │                  npm update check failed                   │
    │            Try running with sudo or get access             │
    │            to the local update config store via            │
    │ sudo chown -R $USER:$(id -gn $USER) /home/benedikt/.config │
    └────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘
    npm notice created a lockfile as package-lock.json. You should commit this file.
    added 14 packages from 66 contributors and audited 4333 packages in 15.373s
    found 7 vulnerabilities (1 low, 5 moderate, 1 high)
      run `npm audit fix` to fix them, or `npm audit` for details
    

    Fix:

    benedikt@ubuntu:/var/www/nodebb/NodeBB$ sudo chown -R $USER:$(id -gn $USER) /home/benedikt/.config
    

    Last but not least:

    Mar 26 15:36:14 ubuntu system[1]: nginx.service: Failed to parse PID from file /run/nginx.pid: Invalid argument
    

    Fix:

    mkdir /etc/systemd/system/nginx.service.d
    printf "[Service]\nExecStartPost=/bin/sleep 0.1\n" > /etc/systemd/system/nginx.service.d/override.conf
    systemctl daemon-reload
    systemctl restart nginx 
    

    I really appreciate your help.


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    @Goldrush12 said in Can't get Nginx to work:

    I just tried that without success (yes, I made sure to restart NodeBB). Also, the developer mode doesn't fix the problem (contrary to what's stated in the linked thread).

    Okay, so it must be something else.

    I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the issue, but I had a few errors while setting up NodeBB initially, which I had to address.

    Wow, um, big red flag there. How did you install NodeBB in the first place? It may be wise to start from scratch and reinstall with correct permissions from the get-go. You absolutely should not use sudo to install or run NodeBB. The only installation-related things you need root access for are nginx configuration and maybe changing directory privileges before installing NodeBB.

    What OS are you installing NodeBB on? Are you following any tutorials or instructions?



  • @PitaJ said in Can't get Nginx to work:

    @Goldrush12 said in Can't get Nginx to work:

    I just tried that without success (yes, I made sure to restart NodeBB). Also, the developer mode doesn't fix the problem (contrary to what's stated in the linked thread).

    Okay, so it must be something else.

    I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the issue, but I had a few errors while setting up NodeBB initially, which I had to address.

    Wow, um, big red flag there. How did you install NodeBB in the first place? It may be wise to start from scratch and reinstall with correct permissions from the get-go. You absolutely should not use sudo to install or run NodeBB. The only installation-related things you need root access for are nginx configuration and maybe changing directory privileges before installing NodeBB.

    What OS are you installing NodeBB on? Are you following any tutorials or instructions?

    My OS is Ubuntu 18.04 and I followed a documentation from your website. I started from scratch and it's running fine now! I assume the guide I used must have been outdated, which led to some errors. I must say that it might make sense to clean up the documentary and make sure that only one version of the installation guide for every OS exists to avoid confusion.

    Thank you for your help! 🙂


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