I find that running certain things as a service on my VPS is a faster way to admin apps (i.e., start, stop, etc.) from the command line. I ran across a configuration online that worked well, so I thought I'd share.
At the Bash prompt:
sudo vi /etc/init/ghost.conf
Place this text in the file:
#/etc/init/ghost.conf description "Ghost Blog" author "Your Name" # Start the service after everything loaded start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE=eth0) stop on shutdown # Automatically restart service respawn respawn limit 99 5 script # Navigate to your app directory cd /path/to/ghost/ # Run the script with Node.js and output to a log exec /usr/local/bin/npm start /path/to/ghost/ 2>&1 >> /var/log/ghost.log end script
Then, save your work (
Now you can run the following from your Ubuntu command line:
service ghost <start|stop|status|restart>
For you masochists,
/etc/init.d will also work.
Now you don't have to mess with running
npm start --production in the background. The best part about using this config file is that should Ghost crash, it will automatically restart itself.