Allow Access to .well-known Folder For Let’s Encrypt/Certbot When Site Is Protected By HTTP Authentication

If you’re running Apache web server and you have your site protected with HTTP authentication but still want to allow Let’s Encrypt/Certbot to be able to issue a certificate you will have to allow access to the .well-known folder on your site. Otherwise they may give you an error and fail to issue you a certificate.

You can allow access to individual folders within that site by creating a .htaccess file in the folder (in this case within the .well-known folder) with the following contents:

This will allow anyone to access that folder thus allowing Let’s Encrypt/Certbot to verify your domain and issue you a certificate.

Bash Script for Installing / Updating Java JDK RPM

Here’s a BASH script I wrote which downloads and installs the Java JDK RPM. Tested on CentOS 6.x. If you are looking to install on Ubuntu (or Mint) go here.

It also downloads the Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy Files which are required for some applications.

You must replace the version variables in order to download the latest version. Here are the instructions for finding these.

  1. To find them go here and under the Java category go to Java SE.
  2. Click the big Java Download near the top.
  3. Click Accept License Agreement to view the links for the downloads.
  4. Find the Linux x64 if you are on a 64 bit OS or Linux i586 if you are on 32 bit. If you don’t know then you’re probably on 64 bit.
  5. Right click on the link in the right side column and go to Copy Link Location or Copy link address, etc.
  6. Now you can use this link you’ve copied to find the version numbers required. At the moment CURRENT and MINOR are not specified anywhere in the URL. Here is an image illustrating the MAJOR, REV and BUILD variables which you can update. In the future I am planning to write some regex to parse these out but haven’t
  7. Save the script below into a file and make the file executable:
  8. Run the script to install / update java:



  • Requires wget to be installed.
  • Requires unzip (for JCE) to be installed.
  • Does not update the JAVA_HOME or PATH environment variables. You can set them to /usr/java/latest which symlinks to the proper Java version.

Please report any issues.