The 'josepy' distribution was not found and is required by certbot


My domain is:

I ran this command:
Upgraded certbot version and after that any command with certbot results in the error below.

It produced this output:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/local/bin/certbot”, line 6, in
from pkg_resources import load_entry_point
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/”, line 3138, in
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/”, line 3122, in _call_aside
f(*args, **kwargs)
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/”, line 3151, in _initialize_master_working_set
working_set = WorkingSet._build_master()
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/”, line 664, in _build_master
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/”, line 981, in require
needed = self.resolve(parse_requirements(requirements))
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/”, line 867, in resolve
raise DistributionNotFound(req, requirers)
pkg_resources.DistributionNotFound: The ‘josepy’ distribution was not found and is required by certbot

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

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Just to confirm: you installed certbot as mentioned on ?

If so, you updated to py36-certbot-0.27.1, right? According to Ports (search for certbot on Ports Search), it depends on py36-josepy-1.1.0. But if I check the Makefile, there’s no such thing listed in the dependency variable(s). Do note however, I’m not a FreeBSD user, so I might not understand Ports well enough.


FYI, josepy is developed by the Certbot team, and it was only split off into a separate library in January. I don’t use FreeBSD either, but it wouldn’t be surprising if there were packaging bugs in the wake of that.


@bmw @schoen Do either of you know who maintains the FreeBSD Certbot port? Is this a problem that should be raised to that person?


I do, but I went ahead and filed a bug at for them to take a look at.

Thanks for the ping cpu!


@bmw: I could only find a py36-certbot package on the Ports search. Is that correct? Is there still a py27-certbot package? I’m asking this, because the EFF certbot page refers to the py27-python package.


Thanks for noticing that @Osiris.

Spinning up a FreeBSD 11.2 machine (which appears to be their latest release according to, there is both a py27-certbot package and a py36-certbot package available.


Hm, I guess the Ports search page is a little bit strange. Or I just don’t understand it. If you search for certbot, the only version you’re getting is the py36-certbot package. Which by the way seems to depend on py27-~ packages along the required py36-~ packages :stuck_out_tongue:
But if you search directly for py27-certbot, it does find that package… Strange…


Sorry for late respone.
I created a new installation of FreeBSD and then all worked fine. Seems like there was some problem with my FreeBSD installation.


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