Ghost on FreeBSD

I have been thinking for couple of days now that I should give Ghost a try.
Since I am re-starting blogging and all, might as well try different blog engines while I’m at it.

It would be no fun installing it on linux, so I decided to use FreeBSD VM on Digitalocean + a Jail inside of it.

Downloaded and unpacked ghost and then hit a bug.
Nodejs sqlite module would not install.

2695 error FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE-p10  
2696 error argv "node" "/usr/local/bin/npm" "install" "sqlite3"  
2697 error node v0.12.6  
2698 error npm  v2.12.1  
2699 error code ELIFECYCLE  
2700 error sqlite3@3.0.8 install: `node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build`  
2700 error Exit status 1  
2701 error Failed at the sqlite3@3.0.8 install script 'node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build'.  
2701 error This is most likely a problem with the sqlite3 package,  
2701 error not with npm itself.  
2701 error Tell the author that this fails on your system:  
2701 error     node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build  
2701 error You can get their info via:  
2701 error     npm owner ls sqlite3  
2701 error There is likely additional logging output above.  
2702 verbose exit [ 1, true ]  

Googled a bit and found Ghost forum thread and a page on ghost wiki

The problems there were related but also a bit different and those solutions did not apply fully for me. I found though by reading the debug log that actually I was missing gmake and python in my jail.
I managed to resolve those errors by installing gmake and python and by updating npm modules. But later on discovered that much simpler solution is to install sqlite3 from FreeBSD package.

I have now tested this on a clean jail and at least from my perspective to successfully install ghost on FreeBSD 10.1 you only need to:

sudo pkg install node npm sqlite3  
mkdir superduperblog  
cd superduperblog  
unzip ../  
npm install --production  
npm start  

Super simple.