Apache - SSL Configuration File Stability


All my ssl-conf files got automatically disabled and hence, received this error: SSL received a record that exceeded the maximum permissible length. (Error code: ssl_error_rx_record_too_long). Turns out that the conf files had to be re-enabled to get the site running. Any idea why this might have happened?

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My domain is: oldhonk.co.in

I ran this command: oldhonk.co.in on web browser

It produced this output: SSL received a record that exceeded the maximum permissible length. (Error code: ssl_error_rx_record_too_long)

My operating system is (include version): Ubuntu 16.04

My web server is (include version): Apache

My hosting provider, if applicable, is: AWS

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know): yes

I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel): no



But I have to ask: how is this exactly related to Let’s Encrypt? Did you install a Let’s Encrypt certificate? Did you do something with your client recently which could have caused this issue? Which client was that and what did you do? Et cetera, et cetera…


can you clarify what you mean by this.



Probably the symlinks in sites-enabled to configuration files within sites-available.


Yes, I have installed Let’s Encrypt certificate which led to the creation of www.oldhonk.co.in-le-ssl.conf from the already existing VH (Virtual Host) file as www.oldhonk.co.in.conf.
And no, no changes were done with the conf files and hence the question. How come all my ssl-conf files got disabled. And as @schoen correctly mentioned, those conf files were not present in my sites-enabled .


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