New install: Wrong document root


This is the initial installation and first issuance of a certificate on this host.

  • Hostname:
  • OS: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS, up to date
  • HTTP server: Apache 2.4.17
  • certbot 0.11.1

I started with three Apache configuration files in sites-available:

  • 000-default.conf
  • wwui.conf
  • wwui-offline.conf

Issued sudo certbot --apache

Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
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Obtaining a new certificate
Performing the following challenges:
tls-sni-01 challenge for
Enabled Apache socache_shmcb module
Enabled Apache ssl module
Waiting for verification…
Cleaning up challenges
Generating key (2048 bits): /etc/letsencrypt/keys/0000_key-certbot.pem
Creating CSR: /etc/letsencrypt/csr/0000_csr-certbot.pem
Created an SSL vhost at /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default-le-ssl.conf
Enabled Apache socache_shmcb module
Enabled Apache ssl module
Deploying Certificate to VirtualHost /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default-le-ssl.conf
Enabling available site: /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default-le-ssl.conf

I was expecting certbot to modify one of those, preferably wwui.conf, since that’s the actual configuration file.
Instead it created 000-default-le-ssl.conf and specified the document root as /var/www/html which is not correct.

I obviously did something wrong, so:

  1. How do I back this out?
  2. How do I run certbot and tell it what configuration file to modify?

Thanks in advance,

Error during install and renewal failure

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