LetsEncrypt with NodeBB

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  • Yep , so now I'm on SSL support.

    I have this in my serverblock:

    location /.well-known/acme-challenge {
    root /var/www/nodebb;

    & issue this command at /opt/letsencrypt

    ./letsencrypt-auto certonly -a webroot --webroot-path=/var/www/nodebb -d node.mydomainaddy.com

    I get this error:

    Domain: node.mydomainaddy.com
    Type:   unauthorized
    Detail: Invalid response from http://node.mydomainaddy.com/.well-
    [711.211.717.413]: 403

    nginx log says:
    failed permission denied.

  • Take a look at the tutorial for this and you'll see that you have to do it like this:

    server {
        listen       80;
        server_name  yourdomainhere.com;
        root   /var/www/yourdomainhere.com/html;
        location /.well-known/acme-challenge/  {
            try_files $uri =404;

    It's not root /var/www/nodebb but the letsencrypt html files that is needed as response.

  • Buddy I'm not following at all. The letsencrypt files are in the .well-known which are inside of the /var/www/nodebb webroot.

    I added the try_files $uri =404;

    It says "The client lacks sufficient authorization"

    I've been through this procedure at least a dozen times now. Minutes prior to attempting with nodebb, I used it with discourse & flarum without issue. There's some sort of goof, but I'm not seeing it yet.

    Thanks for the reply.


    Okay it's fixed. The verification fails if using a symlink. I should have realized that wouldn't work. Just another goof. Removed the symlink and moved the folder.

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