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Use s3cmd for Managing Amazon S3 Storage from the CLI

Oct 27, 2011, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Amazon S3 storage is dirt cheap. Whether it's for work or personal use, S3 makes for a great repository for backups and other data you want to store. But most admins want a way to interact with S3 that doesn't involve dealing with the Web-based interface. If you're looking to script backups or other operations, you need a reliable CLI tool that works with S3--and s3cmd does the trick nicely.

"You can find s3cmd on the S3 Tools site. Many Linux distros (like Debian and Ubuntu) package it for you.

"After installing s3cmd, you must configure it with your S3 Amazon keys. Run s3cmd--configure and provide the keys to s3cmd. I probably don't need to say this, but just in case: You might not want to use s3cmd on systems that you don't control. So if you have a shell account on a system that someone else has root on, storing your Amazon S3 credentials on the system is something you might want to avoid."

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