Issue while Installing Proxmox on Debian Buster pve-ssl.key: failed to load local private key


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Jan 28, 2020
I am attempting to install Proxmox on Debian Buster by following

Output of journalctl -xe -b -u pve* --no-hostname (full log is attached as pve-journal.log.txt)
Jan 28 14:47:54 pveproxy[2160]: worker exit
Jan 28 14:47:54 pveproxy[1075]: worker 2159 finished
Jan 28 14:47:54 pveproxy[1075]: worker 2160 finished
Jan 28 14:47:54 pveproxy[1075]: starting 2 worker(s)
Jan 28 14:47:54 pveproxy[1075]: worker 2162 started
Jan 28 14:47:54 pveproxy[1075]: worker 2163 started
Jan 28 14:47:54 pveproxy[2162]: /etc/pve/local/pve-ssl.key: failed to load local private key (key_file or key) at /usr/share/perl5/PVE/APIServer/ line 1699.

Output of apt install -f
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
2 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Setting up pve-manager (6.1-5) ...
Job for pvestatd.service failed because the control process exited with error code.
See "systemctl status pvestatd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
dpkg: error processing package pve-manager (--configure):
installed pve-manager package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of proxmox-ve:
proxmox-ve depends on pve-manager; however:
Package pve-manager is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package proxmox-ve (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

output of cat /etc/hosts localhost REDACTED-HOST.DOMAIN REDACTED-HOST
# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters


  • pve-journal.log.txt
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your /etc/hosts is wrong - your hostname needs to resolve to a proper IP. dropping the second line (starting with should do the trick. otherwise pmxcfs which provides /etc/pve will refuse to start.
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