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Re: [opensuse] certbot error
On 06/07/2019 04:05 PM, Dave Howorth wrote:
I just decided to see if I could set up HTTPS on the Apache server(s) on
my private LAN. I installed certbot (Leap 15.0) but I got an error when
I ran it:

# certbot --apache
Saving debug log to /var/log/certbot/letsencrypt.log
Plugins selected: Authenticator apache, Installer apache
Enter email address (used for urgent renewal and security notices)
(Enter 'c' to cancel): certbot@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Please read the Terms of Service at You
must agree in order to register with the ACME server at
(A)gree/(C)ancel: A
An unexpected error occurred:
The server experienced an internal error :: Unable to update
registration Please see the logfiles in /var/log/certbot for more

The contents of the log are just under 15000 bytes from that session!
The error seems to start at:


I don't know what the exact error with the spaghetti spew of files is,
but most likely culprits are generally:

1) your system isn't reachable over port 80 (required for writing to
/var/lib/letsencrypt/ during cert creation); or

2) your firewall is blocking port 80 leading to 1) above.

Certbot is the way to go. I was so happy to get off self-signed certs, and it
is deadbang easy to do. I had fits with one server due to a router config not
passing port 80 (which is how I found out about this problem). Double check
and make sure everything is configured as needed:

I can't believe I didn't do it sooner. You can also set up a service or cron
job to update the certs when needed. (but make sure you don't have 3 failures
in 24 hours, or so, or you will be blocked from getting (or updating) certs
until the next Monday)

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.

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