Bug 6964 - Confusing error message from grid-cert-request
: Confusing error message from grid-cert-request
Status: NEW
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Reported: 2010-02-06 03:09 by
Modified: 2010-02-06 03:09 (History)


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Description From 2010-02-06 03:09:41
Currently if grid-cert-request is run without a CA setup package installed the
user gets the following error message:

  Can't find valid CA config files. Please make sure
  that the grid administrator has installed a CA setup
  package and run gpt-postinstall.

This message is confusing for at least three reasons. Firstly it says "... make
sure that the grid administrator ...", which gives the impression that the
problem is located at some remote grid server, when it is in fact the user's
own client installation that is missing the files. Secondly, most CAs today do
not use this tool to generate their CA requests, so the error might actually
not be that the CA setup package is not installed, but rather that the user is
using the wrong tool. Thirdly, mentioning gpt-postinstall is also confusing.

With the linked patch this error message is change to:

  Can't find valid CA config files.
  Not all CAs use this tool to generate certificate requests.
  If your CA is using this tool, make sure that you have installed
  your CA's setup package.
  If your CA is not using this tool, consult the CA documentation
  to find the right way to request a certificate.


This bug report is forwarded from the Debian BTS:
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=568386