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From "Sonny Sukumar" <>
Subject Re: [HELP!] Which key alias names to use for SSL?
Date Sun, 12 Oct 2003 20:11:27 GMT

>From: Adam Hardy <>
>On 10/11/2003 11:12 PM Sonny Sukumar wrote:
>>Hi Adam,
>>Your first step was:
>>># keytool -genkey -alias tomcat -keyalg RSA
>>and your last step was:
>>># keytool -import trustcacerts -file public.crt -alias tomcat
>>So you used the same alias ("tomcat") for both the private key and the 
>>signed public key.  This is what doesn't work for me, because when I 
>>import the signed public key using the same ("tomcat") alias, my private 
>>key gets overwritten.  I've verified this using "keytool list -keystore 
>>I also have the root cert from GeoTrust in there with alias "root".  The 
>>root cert is actually an Equifax cert valid from 1998 to 2018, but the 
>>GeoTrust tech support rep told me to use that one.  Could this be the 
>>Other ideas?
>Sorry, but I've no real experience with this myself. You've lost me there 
>on the root alias. I was hoping someone else might jump in with some advice 
>for you. Did you check the rest of the thread in the list archive?

No worries Adam, I solved the problem after all.  keytool just lists the 
certs in a somewhat confusing way by I thought my signed 
imported cert overwrote my private key when it really didn't, but was 
bundled with it under the same alias instead.

Thanks for your help,


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