Renewal Configuration File .conf is broken

My domain is:

I ran this command: certbot renew --dry-run

It produced this output:
Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log

Processing /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/snap/certbot/420/lib/python3.8/site-packages/certbot/_internal/”, line 65, in _reconstitute
renewal_candidate = storage.RenewableCert(full_path, config)
File “/snap/certbot/420/lib/python3.8/site-packages/certbot/_internal/”, line 445, in init
raise errors.CertStorageError(
certbot.errors.CertStorageError: renewal config file {‘version’: ‘0.31.0’, ‘archive_dir’: ‘/etc/letsencrypt/archive/’, ‘cert-path’: ‘/etc/letsencrypt/live/’, ‘privkey’: ‘/etc/letsencrypt/live/’, ‘chain’: ‘/etc/letsencrypt/live/’, ‘fullchain’: ‘/etc/letsencrypt/live/’, ‘renewalparams’: {‘account’: ‘6ac2cccec2a0246f1f989176f9199952’, ‘authenticator’: ‘nginx’, ‘server’: ‘’}} is missing a required file reference
Renewal configuration file /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/ is broken. Skipping.

** DRY RUN: simulating ‘certbot renew’ close to cert expiry
** (The test certificates below have not been saved.)

No renewals were attempted.

Additionally, the following renewal configurations were invalid:
/etc/letsencrypt/renewal/ (parsefail)
** DRY RUN: simulating ‘certbot renew’ close to cert expiry
** (The test certificates above have not been saved.)

0 renew failure(s), 1 parse failure(s)

My web server is (include version): nginx

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS

My hosting provider, if applicable, is: n/a

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

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you’re using Certbot): certbot 1.6.0

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If I read the certbot source code correctly, the value cert-path in the configuration file should be just cert.

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Thank you @Osiris, you are correct.

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