Misspelled certbot request

I misspelled the domain name in a certificate request, and now the entry remains in the system and I cannot delete or modify it. How do I delete a request? Deleting an existing certificate works just fine, but there seems to be no way to erase a request you cannot or will not verify.

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My domain is:


I ran this command:

certbot certonly --manual --manual-auth-hook /etc/letsencrypt/acme-dns-auth.py --preferred-challenges dns --debug-challenges -d wikh.se -d maol.wikh.se

It produced this output:

My web server is (include version):

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

Ubuntu 22.04

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:

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


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

no, command line

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you're using Certbot):


How do you mean "[you] cannot delete or modify [a certificate request]"? I'm not sure what you mean by that.

It looks like you mistyped "mail" and put in "maol" by accident? Can't you simply re-run the command with the correct subdomain?


Yup, misspelled and now I want the misspelled request to go away. It seems that while I absolutely can make new request with the right spelling, the old never really goes away. If I just run "certbot" it's listed and cannot be removed. So.... how to get rid of it? Is there a file or more in there that has to be edited?

I still can't really figure out what you mean with that something can't go away. Can you perhaps show with outputs? Screenshots perhaps?


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