This time when I used certbot it created a certificate for "www.$website" instead of $website. This is not what I need.

Here it is:

  $ website="my_website123.com"
  $ sudo certbot certonly --standalone -d $website -d www.$website --email admin@$website           
  Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
  Plugins selected: Authenticator standalone, Installer None
  Starting new HTTPS connection (1): acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org
  Cert not yet due for renewal

  You have an existing certificate that has exactly the same domains or certificate name you requested and isn't close to expiry.
  (ref: /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/www.my_website123.com.conf)

  What would you like to do?
  1: Keep the existing certificate for now
  2: Renew & replace the cert (limit ~5 per 7 days)
  Select the appropriate number [1-2] then [enter] (press 'c' to cancel): 2
  Renewing an existing certificate
  Performing the following challenges:
  http-01 challenge for my_website123.com
  http-01 challenge for www.my_website123.com
  Waiting for verification...
  Cleaning up challenges

   - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:
     Your key file has been saved at:
     Your cert will expire on 2018-10-18. To obtain a new or tweaked
     version of this certificate in the future, simply run certbot
     again. To non-interactively renew *all* of your certificates, run
     "certbot renew"
   - If you like Certbot, please consider supporting our work by:

     Donating to ISRG / Let's Encrypt:   https://letsencrypt.org/donate
     Donating to EFF:                    https://eff.org/donate-le

Why did it create one for "www" instead of the bare domain?

On all my own servers this exactly command has always created a cert. without "www" - this is what I need. I even tried yesterday on a different server -- without "wwww".

How can I make it create a cert. without "www"?

  • What versions of certbot are you running on the server where it works as intended and on the server where it behaves differently? – Gerald Schneider Jul 20 '18 at 6:56
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    I think you're confusing the name of the file containing the certificate with the names that the certificate is for. This certificate is for your domain and your domain with www. prepended to it (as most people will blindly type www. in fornt of whatever domain you have, now both are supported by the certificate). – wurtel Jul 20 '18 at 7:48
  • You already have a cert that works both ways. Do nothing. – Michael Hampton Jul 20 '18 at 18:10

If you're trying to obtain a cert without the www subdomain, remove -d www.$website from your command.
That part of your command is asking for the www subdomain.

If you're trying to set the name of the resulting certificate file use --cert-name $website, but keep both -ds.

  • I believe the question is about the "www" in the filepath ... as was the first question more clearly, which you marked as a duplicate of this question. – Gerald Schneider Jul 20 '18 at 5:56
  • I'm saying - I used the exactly same command on my different server and it didn't create a "www" cert – Katta Jul 20 '18 at 6:51

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