Renew not working

I set up a certificate 3 months back and thought I set up renew via cron. For some reason the renew did not work and we are now locked out due to too many attempts. I did not get the cronjob stopped. I believe I now have it stopped but we need to renew before 5 days. First, I don’t know why the renew failed. It seems to work if I try --dry-run. Second, how long do I have to wait before trying things again?

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My domain is:

I ran this command:

The cronjob looked like this:

39 1,13 * * * root /home/ec2-user/certbot-auto renew --no-self-upgrade >> /home/ec2-user/certbot.log 2>&1

So the command was:

/home/ec2-user/certbot-auto renew --no-self-upgrade

It produced this output:

Processing /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/

Cert is due for renewal, auto-renewing…
Non-interactive renewal: random delay of 237.607357004 seconds
/bin/sh: root: command not found
Plugins selected: Authenticator apache, Installer apache
Renewing an existing certificate
Performing the following challenges:
http-01 challenge for
Waiting for verification…
Cleaning up challenges
Attempting to renew cert ( from /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/ produced an unexpected error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/etc/letsencrypt/archive/’. Skipping.
All renewal attempts failed. The following certs could not be renewed:
/etc/letsencrypt/live/ (failure)

All renewal attempts failed. The following certs could not be renewed:
/etc/letsencrypt/live/ (failure)

1 renew failure(s), 0 parse failure(s)
Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log

My web server is (include version):

Server version: Apache/2.4.41 (Amazon)
Server built: Oct 15 2019 22:21:35

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

Amazon Linux AMI release 2018.03
Kernel \r on an \m

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:


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

Yes via sudo

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 1.5.0

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Have you deleted, or “moved”, any files or folders?

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Not to my knowledge.

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Please show:
certbot certificates
ls -l /etc/letsencrypt/archive/

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