Running Ghost as a service

Once you have a ghost blog set up it's quite easy to get it running with the usual command:

npm start --production

However the blog will stop running as soon as you close your ssh session. To fix this you can add ghost as a service, which gives you further control over the blog and automates restarts should your server restart or node server crash.

To set this up first create a service file for it (where <blog_name> is your blog):

sudo vim /etc/init/<blog_name>-ghost.conf

Next, edit this file and add the following:
Be sure to replace <blog_name> and <path_to_blog> with your details

description "Ghost Blog"
author "Full Name"
# Start the service after everything loaded
start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE=eth0)
stop on shutdown
# Automatically restart service
respawn limit 99 5
    # Navigate to your app directory
    cd /var/www/<path_to_blog>/public_html

    # Run the script with Node.js and output to a log
    export NODE_ENV=production
    exec /usr/local/bin/npm start /var/www/<path_to_blog>/public_html 2>&1 >> /var/www/<path_to_blog>/log/ghost.log
end script

Then control the service using:

sudo service ghost start
sudo service ghost stop
sudo service ghost restart
sudo service ghost status

All done!

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