Error with knex self-hosted

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  • sudo node current/index.js
    throw new Error(knex: Required configuration option 'client' is missing.);

Error: knex: Required configuration option ‘client’ is missing.
at new Client (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/node_modules/knex-migrator/node_modules/knex/lib/client.js:55:11)
at Knex (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/node_modules/knex-migrator/node_modules/knex/lib/knex.js:53:28)
at Object.connect (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/node_modules/knex-migrator/lib/database.js:26:12)
at KnexMigrator.isDatabaseOK (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/node_modules/knex-migrator/lib/index.js:589:32)
at Object.module.exports.getState (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/core/server/data/db/migrator.js:13:25)
at isDatabaseInitialisationRequired (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/core/server/index.js:172:21)
at makeGhost (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/core/index.js:13:12)
at Object. (/var/www/ghost/versions/3.33.0/index.js:27:1)
at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:778:30)
at Object.Module._extensions…js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:789:10)
at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:653:32)
at tryModuleLoad (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:593:12)
at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:585:3)
at Function.Module.runMain (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:831:12)
at startup (internal/bootstrap/node.js:283:19)
at bootstrapNodeJSCore (internal/bootstrap/node.js:623:3)

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It looks like you have not properly configured the database property in your configuration file. Can you share that portion with the credentials redacted?

This was just an upgrade to a blog thats been running for a few years.

“url”: “”,
“server”: {
“port”: 2368,
“host”: “”
“database”: {
“connection”: {
“user”: “user”,
“password”: “pass”,
“database”: “hitchcockdev_prod”
“mail”: {
“transport”: “Direct”
“logging”: {
“transports”: [

You’re missing the client property - should be mysql or sqlite3

This was the solution. I had to add a “client”: “mysql” under the database node. Odd that it went missing.