Can't run a single ghost cli command

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  • What version of Ghost are you using? v5.4.1

I just installed Ghost for my website using a DigitalOcean droplet. My website is running fine except that I’m trying to get an SSL certificate for the www. domain. I’ve been trying to follow the steps here, but I literally can’t run a single ghost command in the terminal.

The only command that outputs anything (and doesn’t just freeze) is ghost and it outputs: No command specified. Run 'ghost help' for usage.

If I try to run ghost help, it just stalls, nothing comes up and I need to interrupt it.

When I first installed it, everything seemed fine, but I didn’t try using any of the ghost commands. sudo -i -u ghost-mgr does work though. However, I can’t run any ghost commands there either.

Here’s the output I got when I first installed Ghost:


Configuring DigitalOcean 1-Click Ghost installation.

Please wait a minute while your 1-Click is configured. 

Once complete, you are encouraged to run mysql_secure_installation to ready
your server for production. The root MySQL password has been saved to:



mysqld is alive
Ensuring Ghost-CLI is up-to-date...
+ sudo npm i -g ghost-cli@latest

added 3 packages, changed 488 packages, and audited 492 packages in 32s

41 packages are looking for funding
  run `npm fund` for details

6 vulnerabilities (5 moderate, 1 high)

To address all issues (including breaking changes), run:
  npm audit fix --force

Run `npm audit` for details.
npm notice 
npm notice New minor version of npm available! 8.5.5 -> 8.15.0
npm notice Changelog:
npm notice Run npm install -g npm@8.15.0 to update!
npm notice 

Ghost will prompt you for two details:

1. Your domain
 - Add an A Record -> [IP] & ensure the DNS has fully propagated
 - Or alternatively enter http://[IP]
2. Your email address (only used for SSL)

Press enter when you're ready to get started!

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✔ Checking system Node.js version - found v16.15.0
✔ Checking logged in user
✔ Checking current folder permissions
✔ Checking system compatibility
✔ Checking for a MySQL installation
✔ Checking memory availability
✔ Checking free space
✔ Checking for latest Ghost version
✔ Setting up install directory
✔ Downloading and installing Ghost v5.4.1
✔ Finishing install process
? Enter your blog URL:
✔ Configuring Ghost
✔ Setting up instance
+ sudo useradd --system --user-group ghost
+ sudo chown -R ghost:ghost /var/www/ghost/content
✔ Setting up "ghost" system user
✔ Setting up "ghost" mysql user
+ sudo mv /tmp/jacquesthibodeau-com/ /etc/nginx/sites-available/
+ sudo ln -sf /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
+ sudo nginx -s reload
✔ Setting up Nginx
? Enter your email (For SSL Certificate)
+ sudo mkdir -p /etc/letsencrypt
+ sudo ./ --install --home /etc/letsencrypt
+ sudo /etc/letsencrypt/ --issue --home /etc/letsencrypt --server letsencrypt --domain --webroot /var/www/ghost/system/nginx-root --reloadcmd "nginx -s reload" --accountemail
+ sudo openssl dhparam -dsaparam -out /etc/nginx/snippets/dhparam.pem 2048
+ sudo mv /tmp/ssl-params.conf /etc/nginx/snippets/ssl-params.conf
+ sudo mv /tmp/jacquesthibodeau-com/ /etc/nginx/sites-available/
+ sudo ln -sf /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
+ sudo nginx -s reload
✔ Setting up SSL
+ sudo mv /tmp/jacquesthibodeau-com/ghost_jacquesthibodeau-com.service /lib/systemd/system/ghost_jacquesthibodeau-com.service
+ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
✔ Setting up Systemd
+ sudo systemctl is-active ghost_jacquesthibodeau-com
+ sudo systemctl start ghost_jacquesthibodeau-com
+ sudo systemctl is-enabled ghost_jacquesthibodeau-com
+ sudo systemctl enable ghost_jacquesthibodeau-com --quiet
✔ Starting Ghost

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Ghost was installed successfully! To complete setup of your publication, visit:


For any further commands, please switch to the ghost-mgr user to manage Ghost.

    sudo -i -u ghost-mgr


Any thoughts on how to resolve this? Otherwise I can get an SSL certificate for my “www.” domain. Thanks!

EDIT: I also noticed that despite my website working with https://, I get the following message in the membership section of Ghost:

Screen Shot 2022-07-21 at 6.52.18 PM

Not sure why?

I can help you regarding the installation. If you would like to have my service, I will forward my Fiverr gig to you.

I will,

  1. Intall Ghost
  2. Setup SSL
  3. Setup SMTP