I've been spending some time lately familiarizing myself with EC2, setting up some MySQL servers & clusters here and there, and doing some really basic configuration testing. One situation you'll run into when interacting with EC2 is that it gets unwieldy to use the AWS Management Console web interface for interacting with your instances. There ends up being lots of scrolling, lots of staring, and lots of sighs. Since I'm using SSH to connect to and interact with my instances, I want a reasonable way to find information about them on the Unix command line.
Amazon has an official set of tools [http://aws.amazon.com/developertools/351] that give you this information , at least theoretically. It is some gigantic distribution of shell scripts and Java madness that, if you are very patient, will …[Read more]