It seems requests is having trouble connecting to the website. See if connecting using requests directly from the interpreter prompt works or not:
>>> import requests
>>> requests.get('')
<Response [200]>

I would also try installing/upgrading requests[security]:
$pip install -U requests[security]

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 6:58 AM, Paul Schmehl <> wrote:
I'm running MediaWiki 1.29.1 on FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE running mysql 5.6.38, php 7.1.10 and python 2.7.14. The wiki is working fine.

I installed pywikibot using git clone. The ID is $Id: 03e22e8ea7bf53dc7c9d47b6d7ad98c3c7afabb4.

When I try to generate the family file, I get this error:

requests.exceptions.ConnectionError: HTTPSConnectionPool(host='', port=443): Max retries exceeded with url: / (Caused by SSLError(SSLError("bad handshake: Error([('SSL routines', 'ssl3_get_server_certificate', 'certificate verify failed')],)",),))

It's strange, because the certs verify from the commandline and SSLLabs says the site rates an A and the entire chain is found. I'm not sure why python is failing the verification test.

I've been googling and trying to find a way to disable ssl verification, but I haven't found it. The software is installed on the server the wiki runs on, and I'm running it from the commandline, so not verifying SSL isn't a big issue. (Only I have access to the server.)

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