Invalid root challenges validation directory

Please fill out the fields below so we can help you better. Note: you must provide your domain name to get help. Domain names for issued certificates are all made public in Certificate Transparency logs (e.g., so withholding your domain name here does not increase secrecy, but only makes it harder for us to provide help.

My domain

I ran this command:/usr/local/bin/certbot-auto renew

It produced this output:…2018-04-30 02:17:31,650:DEBUG:certbot.plugins.webroot:Creating root challenges validation dir at /opt/tomcat7/webapps/ysl/.well-known/acme-challenge
2018-04-30 02:17:31,651:DEBUG:certbot.error_handler:Encountered exception:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/opt/”, line 73, in handle_authorizations
resp = self._solve_challenges(aauthzrs)
File “/opt/”, line 124, in _solve_challenges
resp = self.auth.perform(all_achalls)
File “/opt/”, line 78, in perform
File “/opt/”, line 168, in _create_challenge_dirs
stat_path = os.stat(path)
FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/opt/tomcat7/webapps/ysl’

My web server is (include version): Apache 2.2.31

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): Centos 6.9

My hosting provider, if applicable, is: eApps

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

So the problem is that the directory /opt/tomcat7/webapps/ysl does not exist. Where is the path to the root challenges validation directory set? Can I change it so this certificate will auto renew?

Hi @stevencwillett,

It is defined in a conf file for your domain in /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/ so edit the file and replace wrong path.


1 Like

Thanks, sahsanu - problem resolved!

1 Like

This topic was automatically closed 30 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.