Stop Sympl creating

Problem Description

Is there a way to stop Sympl from automatically making a entry (certificates, Apache etc.) when I create I usually want this behaviour for the plain domain (e.g. should also generate but not on subdomains (e.g. should not generate


  • Sympl Version [9.0/10.0]: 10.0
  • Sympl Testing Version? No
  • Debian Version [Buster/Stretch]: Buster
  • Hardware Type? [Dedicated/Virtual/Pi] Virtual
  • Hosted On? [name of hosting co] Mythic Beasts
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Not at the moment, but the option to specifically set sub-domains is planned for the future, but touches a lot of things, so is some way off.

As is, this is only exposed in Apache, so if you don’t have the DNS pointed at the server, it’ll be okay with that, and SSL certs will be okay with the plain domain.

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I had this problem and assumed that the SSL system would need in the DNS to fully function. Can you confirm that when exists in the DNS, but doesn’t, then the certificate will be issued and renewed for the single sub-domain?

Yes, that’s correct - as long as there’s one valid DNS entry pointing to the server, then sympl-ssl should be fine.

If the configuration changes (i.e. goes away and is replaced with or vice versa) you may need to run sympl-ssl --verbose --force to trigger it to get a new certificate, as the check for a valid cert are based on expiry and having any valid names on it.

The first time you run sympl-ssl --verbose it will try to generate a certificate which includes, however the end result is a certificate only for (assuming either doesn’t exist in DNS or doesn’t point to Sympl).

If you want to see an example, has one.

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