Clean install cannot GET /

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  • After my first test setup with redis ended with the dreaded "cannot GET /" with no further error messages I decided to start over with Mongo. Unfortunately it appears I get the same error message with a clean install.

    CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511
    Node v0.12.12


    Clustering enabled: Spinning up 1 process(es).
    10/3 04:55 [20982] - info: Time: Thu Mar 10 2016 04:55:56 GMT-0500 (EST)
    10/3 04:55 [20982] - info: Initializing NodeBB v1.0.0
    10/3 04:55 [20982] - info: [database] Checking database indices.
    10/3 04:56 [20982] - warn: [] Clustering detected, you are advised to configure Redis as a websocket store.
    10/3 04:56 [20982] - warn: [plugins/load] The following plugins may not be compatible with your version of NodeBB. This may cause unintended behaviour or crashing. In the event of an unresponsive NodeBB caused by this plugin, run `./nodebb reset -p PLUGINNAME` to disable it.
      * nodebb-theme-persona
      * nodebb-plugin-mentions
    10/3 04:56 [20982] - info: NodeBB Ready
    10/3 04:56 [20982] - info: Enabling 'trust proxy'
    10/3 04:56 [20982] - info: NodeBB is now listening on:


        "url": "http://localhost:4567",
        "secret": "thereusedtobeasecrethere",
        "database": "mongo",
        "mongo": {
            "host": "",
            "port": "27017",
            "username": "nodebb",
            "password": "thereusedtobeapasswordhere",
            "database": "nodebb"

    Is there in general anything I can do to debug the "cannot GET /" error?

    #edit: The forum works in dev mode after a clean install (./nodebb dev)

  • so is there any fix to this?
    i had it on 1.0.0 and still after upgrading to 1.0.1
    its a clean install

    any help would be appreciated

  • @zero I would upgrade NodeJS to 4.x and see if it still occurs.

    Also share your webserver config.

  • i upgraded node nodejs 4.4.0 and it still only starts in dev.
    did you want the nodebb config?

  • @zero yep.

    Alternatively you maybe want to checkout the "High performance stack" guide I made in the tutorial section and try to setup a new system based on it. Maybe you did a mistake in your current setup.

  • I had no problem, until i changed the theme to that card one and added forum stats to my widget, now i keep getting "cannot get" and cannot get back into the admin area.

    EDIT: it seems i got back in and removed forum stats from the widget, now error is gone. are you trying to load them?

  • @ViolentCrumble for me it works fine. No matter which widgets I use. So the issue must be another one.

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  • {
    "url": "",
    "secret": "que",
    "database": "mongo",
    "mongo": {
    "host": "",
    "port": "27017",
    "username": "nodebb",
    "password": "paswordishere",
    "database": "nodebb"

    i tried getting rid of the stats widget, still not working.
    what happens differently when you start in dev mode, seems weird it works fine in dev but not normal

    btw, im on digital ocean running ubuntu

  • @zero how about your webserver config or are you running NodeBB on Port 80?

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