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From Toby Crawley <>
Subject Re: Added name for EC2 instances
Date Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:29:58 GMT
On 12/07/2010 09:15 AM, Toby Crawley wrote:
> On 11/29/2010 10:25 AM, wrote:
>> Hi,
>> For now every single instance in EC2 could have user specified name and this name
is also reported throught API. For names I use 'tags',
>> which was recently added into EC2. Tag is automaticly created after new instance
is created and assigned to that instance. When listing
>> instances I'm also list all 'instance' tags and assign name based on tag name.
>> Unfortunately, this feature is available only in new 'aws' gem, so if you want to
try this patch, you need to apply previous EC2 patch
>> and then apply this patch on top of that.
>> -- Michal
> Michal:
> I played with this patch, and will have to NACK it based on the following issues:
> * for the name to show in the AWS console name column, the tag must be 'Name' instead
of 'name'
> * tagging on instance create does not work, with ec2 reporting that the instance does
not exist (in the same manner as the attach ip feature):

Actually, tagging on create works occasionally, and is probably dependent on the timing of
the requests.

> 08:50:31,129 INFO [STDOUT] ##### Aws::Ec2 returned an error: 400 Bad Request
> 08:50:31,130 INFO [STDOUT] <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
> 08:50:31,130 INFO [STDOUT] <Response><Errors><Error><Code>InvalidInstanceID.NotFound</Code><Message>The
instance ID 'i-eefbdf83' does not
> exist</Message></Error></Errors><RequestID>40fbb385-6cea-4993-b333-21aaebcc5ec7</RequestID></Response>
> * the tag methods on ec2_driver (tag_instance, untag_instance) could be better named,
since they don't handle generic tags, but just the
> 'name' tag. The tag/untag methods should be generic, and allow for management of any
tag on the instance.
> Toby

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