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Openssl, my private key is either missing or lost

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http://serverfault.com – I am trying to setup ssl on my webserver for https. I have come to a point where it seems all I am missing is my private key. I initially followed this guide https://buddycloud.org/wiki/Quickly_create_valid_SSL_certificates, and it failed at making either the pkcs12 or pem file. Now I've found a way without using pkcs12 and pem files, but it needs my private key - which I don't know where or how I am supposed to get/generate? My webserver is a linode running gentoo with apache2 and vhosts. Excerpt from my apache2 error_log: [Thu Jan 10 18:18:39 2013] [error] Init: Private key not found [Thu (HowTos)