Cannot start nodebb with systemd



  • Hi there,

    I installed NodeBB following the documentation, and all seems working well.
    Now, I want start NodeBB using systemd, so if I reboot the server, NodeBB will start automatically.
    For doing so, I created a service called "nodebb.service" with the following content:

    [Unit]
    Description=NodeBB forum for Node.js.
    Documentation=http://nodebb.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
    After=system.slice multi-user.target
    
    [Service]
    Type=simple
    User=sfarzoso
    
    StandardOutput=syslog
    StandardError=syslog
    SyslogIdentifier=nodebb
    
    Environment=NODE_ENV=production
    WorkingDirectory=/opt/nodebb
    ExecStart=/usr/bin/node loader.js --no-daemon --no-silent
    Restart=always
    
    [Install]
    WantedBy=multi-user.target
    

    when I execute: "systemctl start nodebb.service" the service fail to start, infact when I do: "systemctl status nodebb.service" I get: "Start request repeated too quickly".

    I tried to execute "/usr/bin/node loader.js --no-daemon --no-silent" and iI reiceve:

    Error: Cannot find module '/sfarzoso/loader.js'

    maybe is this the problem?
    Any suggestion to fix that?

    Kind regards and congrats for your amazing community platform 🙂


  • Global Moderator

    @sfarzoso try changing loader.js to /opt/nodebb/loader.js



  • Hi, thanks for the answer I changed as you suggested:

    ExecStart=/usr/bin/node /opt/nodebb/loader.js --no-daemon --no-silent
    

    so I did this step:

    systemctl daemon-reload
    systemctl start nodebb.service
    systemctl status nodebb.service
    

    and I get:

    Failed to start NodeBB forum for Node.js

    the weird thing is that if I execute this:

    /usr/bin/node /opt/nodebb/loader.js --no-daemon --no-silent
    

    nodebb start correctly, so I don't get what is wrong in my service configuration


  • GNU/Linux Admin

    ExecStart=/usr/bin/node loader.js --no-daemon --no-silent should be sufficient, since WorkingDirectory points to an existing NodeBB install.

    What do you see in /opt/nodebb/logs/output.log when you type systemctl start nodebb?



  • @julian said in Cannot start nodebb with systemd:

    /opt/nodebb/logs/output.log

    Hi julian, sorry for my delay response.
    I changed the services as you suggested, essentially this was my first implementation.

    I removed the file output.log, then I rebooted the system and started the services, when I went in the logs folder the file output.log was empty.

    UPDATE:

    I used journalctl -fu nodebb.service to see the log of the service, and I discovered a nice thing:

    alt text

    Any idea?

    UPDATE 2 [FIXED]

    Okay, so after spending some times on this, I discovered what is the cause of the problem. Essentially, I have installed nodebb as root account (which is wrong, my bad), and the systemd service was configured to run nodebb as the user "sfarzoso", but that user was not the owner of nodebb folder, so when I started the service using systemd, a permission problem happen.

    For fix this, I chowned the "opt" folder for "sfarzoso", which is the folder that I need to install nodebb, then I cloned the repo of nodebb and launched the setup again.
    All works now.

    Thanks for the attention, king regards.


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