Unable to access after installation


I’ve followed the instructions at discourse/INSTALL-cloud.md at master · discourse/discourse · GitHub to the letter, have everything set up on Digital Ocean, everything seems to be running fine, however actually accessing my installation doesn’t seem to work, my browser is indicating the connection was refused.

When I stop the application and run e.g. python3 -m http.server 80, I can access the service just fine, so I don’t think it’s a firewall issue. I also changed app.yml to expose to port 8080, and I got an nginx ‘welcome’ page. Changing app.yml back and doing a rebuild (which takes forever) brings back the “This site can’t be reached” error.

I’m not sure what’s going on. Could anyone help me? Here’s the output of some commands / stuff I’ve looked into:

root@discourse:/var/discourse# docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                 COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                      NAMES
84cdf139a051        local_discourse/app   "/sbin/boot"        4 minutes ago       Up 4 minutes>80/tcp,>443/tcp   app

root@discourse:/var/discourse# lsof -i
sshd       1482 root    3u  IPv4  15819      0t0  TCP *:ssh (LISTEN)
sshd       1482 root    4u  IPv6  15821      0t0  TCP *:ssh (LISTEN)
sshd       1661 root    3u  IPv4  16921      0t0  TCP discourse.[MY DOMAIN HERE]:ssh->[MY LOCAL COMPUTER] (ESTABLISHED)
docker-pr 26327 root    4u  IPv6 126119      0t0  TCP *:https (LISTEN)
docker-pr 26351 root    4u  IPv6 126154      0t0  TCP *:http (LISTEN)

root@discourse:/var/discourse# netstat -ntlp | grep LISTEN
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      1482/sshd
tcp6       0      0 :::443                  :::*                    LISTEN      26327/docker-proxy
tcp6       0      0 :::80                   :::*                    LISTEN      26351/docker-proxy
tcp6       0      0 :::22                   :::*                    LISTEN      1482/sshd

root@discourse:/var/discourse# iptables -S
-A FORWARD -o docker0 -j DOCKER
-A FORWARD -o docker0 -m conntrack --ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
-A FORWARD -i docker0 ! -o docker0 -j ACCEPT
-A FORWARD -i docker0 -o docker0 -j ACCEPT
-A DOCKER -d ! -i docker0 -o docker0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT
-A DOCKER -d ! -i docker0 -o docker0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

Unable to access after installation - HTTP

I may have a lead; ./launcher logs app is giving me a load of errors, and ls -l shared/standalone/ssl reveals that my .cer files are blank. I think that might have to do with the fact that while I did install the application with a domain name, I haven’t actually set up the subdomain in my DNS thingy yet. Doing so now.

However, doesn’t Discourse expose itself on both http and https by default?

(Felix Freiberger) #3

Did you enable letsencrypt? If so, nginx may fail to start as long as it doen’t have any SSL cert, which Let’s Encrypt will not give you (yet).


All right, I think I have it figured out:

  • I disabled the HTTPS modules and the application started up, success!
  • I’ve spent yesterday waiting for a DNS change to go through to register my subdomain, but what I forgot was that I set my nameservers to that of Cloudflare - so any changes I made weren’t actually applied / propagated to the Real DNS.
  • I had changed the domain of the app to the IP address and did a rebuild, but image paths (icons) still pointed to the subdomain.
  • I’m going to check whether my subdomain works, then do a clean reinstall.

I think I’ll be able to make it work now. Thanks for the help <3

(Régis Hanol) #5