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MagicMirror fails to be started via SSH console

  • Hello,

    I installed MagicMirror according the guide from github. MagicMirror can be started without problems from the GUI terminal. But it fails to start if I am not using the GUI but a SSH console connection instead.

    Here is the command to start MagicMirror and the resulting error message.

    user@raspberrypi:~/MagicMirror $ DISPLAY=:0 npm start
    > magicmirror@2.1.0 start /home/user/MagicMirror
    > electron js/electron.js
    npm ERR! Linux 4.4.38-v7+
    npm ERR! argv "/usr/bin/nodejs" "/usr/bin/npm" "start"
    npm ERR! node v6.9.2
    npm ERR! npm  v4.0.5
    npm ERR! code ELIFECYCLE
    npm ERR! magicmirror@2.1.0 start: `electron js/electron.js`
    npm ERR! Exit status 1
    npm ERR!
    npm ERR! Failed at the magicmirror@2.1.0 start script 'electron js/electron.js'.
    npm ERR! Make sure you have the latest version of node.js and npm installed.
    npm ERR! If you do, this is most likely a problem with the magicmirror package,
    npm ERR! not with npm itself.
    npm ERR! Tell the author that this fails on your system:
    npm ERR!     electron js/electron.js
    npm ERR! You can get information on how to open an issue for this project with:
    npm ERR!     npm bugs magicmirror
    npm ERR! Or if that isn't available, you can get their info via:
    npm ERR!     npm owner ls magicmirror
    npm ERR! There is likely additional logging output above.
    npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
    npm ERR!     /home/user/MagicMirror/npm-debug.log

    Here you find the log file mentioned in the error message:
    How can I get MagicMirror started from SSH console?

    Regards, wewa00

  • Module Developer


    Shouldn’t Display=:0 come after npm start?

  • See here:

    Important: npm start does not work via SSH, use DISPLAY=:0 nohup npm start & instead. This starts the mirror on the remote display.

    And if I execute DISPLAY=:0 nohup npm start &, I get the same error message, but logged to nohup.out.

  • @wewa00 what do you see on your display before starting up?
    (Text console or graphical)

  • Hello jag,

    my Raspberry is configured for Desktop boot (without Autologin). During boot I see the text console for some seconds but then I see the MagicMirror splash screen.

  • @wewa00 Have you tried enable auto login?
    Can be configured with raspi-config.