Modifing existing certificat

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My domain is:

I ran this command:

certbot --webroot -w /var/www/html certonly -d -d -d

It produced this output:

Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Plugins selected: Authenticator webroot, Installer None

You have an existing certificate that contains a portion of the domains you
requested (ref: /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/

It contains these names:

You requested these names for the new certificate:,,

Do you want to expand and replace this existing certificate with the new

(E)xpand/(C)ancel: e
Renewing an existing certificate for and 2 more domains
Performing the following challenges:
http-01 challenge for
http-01 challenge for
Using the webroot path /var/www/html for all unmatched domains.
Waiting for verification...
Challenge failed for domain
Challenge failed for domain
http-01 challenge for
http-01 challenge for
Cleaning up challenges
Some challenges have failed.


My web server is (include version):


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


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):


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

certbot 1.13.0

Hi @thx4

if you use webroot and if that doesn't work, you use the wrong webroot.

What says

apachectl -S

(Since these are three different sites with different content, it's extremely unlikely that the same webroot would be correct for all three of them.)

hey community,

figured it out with --expand.

Wanted to let you know. Thx a lot.

As (if I remember correctly) the person who wrote the code for --expand in Certbot, I'm not confident that this would make the difference in this situation. :slight_smile:

The only effect of --expand is to avoid having to answer this question interactively

but not to change what Certbot does otherwise.

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