Certbot without snapd

I had a terrible time updating Debian 9 to Debian 10. The system would enter in emergency mode while booting giving very little information about what was going on. Eventually I removed "snapd" and was able to boot the system.

I didn't like the idea of having snapd on a server and this cemented my subjective opinion about it.

In order to have certbot again I did the following:

cd <some dir>
python3 -m venv certbot
source certbot/bin/activate
pip3 install --upgrade pip
pip3 install certbot-apache

And then just use:

<some dir>/bin/pip3 install --quiet --upgrade pip certbot-apache
<some dir>/bin/certbot renew

To renew my certs.

Question: is this a secure and stable way of having certbot installed? - I know it's not the recommended way. - Are there any downsides?

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The Certbot team will soon be publishing instructions on how to install Certbot using pip, which will be supported on a "best effort" basis for those who cannot use snaps for whatever reason. You can follow along the progress here.


It's very nice to have these instructions. Thank you.


The instructions are online! For example: Apache + pip.

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