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       pyca - CA written in python


       The  scripts  in  ths  suite  are  basically  wrappers around openssl(1). Additionally the
       scripts integrates the generic  CA-functionality  with  the  mail-system  and  apache  for
       handling  certificate  requests;  with  LDAP  for  handling  distributing certificates and
       revocation lists; and cron for maintenance tasks.

              Write CA certificates and CRLs to a LDIF  file.  This  is  intended  for  initially
              setting  up the CA entries not for daily CRL update. The entries are of objectclass
              certificationAuthority   and   contain   the    attributes    cACertificate;binary,
              authorityRevocationList;binary  and  certificateRevocationList;binary.  This  might
              require extending schemas on LDAPv2 servers. Have  a  look  at  your  LDAP  servers
              configuration documentation.
              Send all certs and CRLs to a LDAP repository.
              Copy  all CA certificates defined in an OpenSSL configuration to a bundled PEM file
              or a directory with hash-named symbolic links. This is quite handy  in  conjunction
              with   ApacheSSL   or   Apache   with   mod_ssl   for   copying   the   files   for
              SSLCACertificateFile or SSLCACertificatePath.
              Create Javascript code  containing  all  CA  certificates  defined  in  an  OpenSSL
              configuration for use with the Netscape admin tool (creating netscape.cfg).
              This  simple  script  prints  all  CA  certs  on stdout. It is intended to generate
              authentic printouts (on paper!) of the CA certs fingerprints and is  typically  run
              on  the  private  CA  system.  Choose the option --html to generate nicer formatted
              HTML-output instead of the default textual output in ISO-8859-1.
              Create  a  Javascript  file  to  be  included  in  a  Netscape  configuration  file



       The programs are documented fully by the HTML documents in /usr/share/doc/pyca/htdocs/


       Copyright © 2001 - 2003 Michael Stroeder <>

       This  software including all modules is Open Source and given away under: GPL (GNU GENERAL
       PUBLIC LICENSE) Version 2.

       The author refuses to give any warranty of any kind.


       Michael Stroeder <>

       This manual page was written by Lars Bahner <>, for the Debian  GNU/Linux

                                          june 30, 2002                                   pyca(1)