[10.6.8] certbot & pyOpenSSL problems

Bjarne D Mathiesen macintosh at mathiesen.info
Sun Dec 19 14:41:11 UTC 2021

Ken Cunningham wrote:
>> System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) Kernel Version: Darwin 10.8.0 
> It appears that you are running a 10.6.8 system (on a macmini, I think I saw?) 

Correct, I've got three of those :
PowerMac10,1 w/ PowerPC 7447A (G4)
    Presently, I don't use it

MacMini1,1 (originally Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz)
    both of these have been upgraded to
        Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
        4 GB RAM
    although the MacMini1,1 is only able to see 2 GB [crying]
    and the MacMini2,1 can only use 3 GB of the 4 GB

All of them have 2 x original OWC miniStack w/ the HDs in AppleRAID-1

> and I think you appear to be using it as a server for various things.

Correct - they have the full xAMP stack
    Apache 2.4 - MySQL 5.7 - PHP 8.1
    Postfix - Dovecot - sqlgrey

> In another spot, I see that it is a 32bit EFI Mac:
>> platform: macOS-10.6.8-i386-64bit 

Also correct

> If you are not using for much else beyond being a server, I thought I would let you know that this tiny like c program:
> https://github.com/demonicsweaters/make_single_eltorito.c
> that compiles in 10 seconds or so, will slightly modify an Ubuntu 64 bit installer image to properly boot a 32bit EFI Mac, and you can then install Ubuntu 64 bit on there.
> Once it is installed, you’re good to go, and you can use 64bit software everywhere, including any 64 bit software you download rather than get from the main repo, like Spotify, Google Chrome, etc.
> I have this now running on 3 older Macs with 32bit EFI, and it works just beautifully. And if you are just using that as a server, you would be most likely many miles ahead to be running Ubuntu 20.04 with webmin than trying to keep teasing SnowLeopard along as a server.
> Just my $0.02 for whatever.

[thumbs-up][nerd] Thank you for the hint [nerd][thumbs-up]

Presently, I'm very much satisfied with my setup, but going to Linux on
them is definitely one of the options I'm considering if I get into too
many problems w/ being up-to-date. This is the 1st really serious
problem I've had where I've had to abandon the MacMini for an
alternative solution. Of course, not being able to upgrade to MySQL 8 is
a bit of a nuisance, but not something I'm presently worrying about.

One reason, I'm staying on 10.6.8 is that I really like Spaces.
I'm (primarily) using Remote Desktop to admin them as they are "head-less".

Another reason not going the Linux way is, that I find the macOS desktop
to be far superior to the Linux desktops.

> Ken
> (PS - dual booting a MacOSX install of 10.6 or 10.7 works just fine too, using ReFIND: https://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/ )

One reason to originally staying on 10.6.8 was that the MacMini1,1 isn't
able to go to 10.7 without some hacking - at least not before upgrading
the CPU. And I like to keep them at par on the software as the
MacMini1,1 is my testing platform and backup.

Bjarne D Mathiesen
Korsør ; Danmark ; Europa
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