Weekly renew failed, but success if run from shell


OS: FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE-p6 GENERIC amd64

Apache installed using pkg: apache24-2.4.46_2

Certbot installed using pkg: py37-certbot-1.14.0,1, py37-certbot-apache-1.14.0


When I run certbot renew, everything went fine, all certs renewed. However when initiated by periodic/weekly, it said:

Error while running apachectl graceful.
apache24 not running? (check /var/run/httpd.pid).

...right after challenges performed.

Of course I can run apachectl graceful manually without any errors. What did I miss?


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Welcome to the Let's Encrypt Community, Albert :slightly_smiling_face:

Are you meaning apachectl -k graceful ?


Are you using a --pre-hook in certbot to stop apache (e.g. apachectl -k stop) then using the webroot authenticator?

Does apachectl -S show any problems?

No. I did not touch prehook or posthook whatsoever. Just as the periodic.conf as mentioned before.

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