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nephele 0.0.30

A shell for AWS

Latest Version: 0.0.33

Nephele: a shell for aws.


I wasn't happy with the AWS web console, because the UI felt
disjointed and was slow to navigate. So I slapped this together:
a very simple interactive cli shell in python.

I'm actively using it for work, so it supports the things that
I'm doing, rather than being an exhaustive system. I invite
pull requests for missing features, bugfixes, etc.


This tool is incredibly immature. It WILL be changing considerably as
long as I'm using it, because I will be viewing the things it does (or
doesn't do), and the manner in which it does (or doesn't do) them as
impediments to my workflow.

It is not even "alpha" level code yet, so expect things to be broken
or buggy. Also expect syntax to be in a fairly constant state of flux.


.. code-block::

pip install nephele


.. code-block:: bash

$ nephele
(aws)/: help

SSH support

If you've set up your `~/.ssh/config` so that using ssh to connect via an instance's IP
address will "just work," then this is probably the best part of `nephele`.

nephele can ssh to an instance without you having to figure out its
ip, modify /etc/host, or know anything other than its aws instance id:

.. code:: bash
(aws)/: ssh {instance-id}
/usr/bin/ssh {first private ip}
Last login: {sometime} from {somewhere}

__| __|_ )
_| ( / Amazon Linux AMI

If you've navigated to an autoscaling group, you don't even need to
know the instance id. You can ssh by the instance's index in the
autoscaling group's list of instances:

.. code-block:: bash

(aws)/stack:{stack}/stack:{substack}/: asg 0
loading auto scaling group 0
loading stack resource arn:{arn}
AutoScaling Group:{name}
=== Instances ===
0 Healthy az-2a {instance-id}
1 Healthy az-2b {instance-id}
2 Healthy az-2c {instance-id}
(aws)/stack:{stack}/stack:{substack}/asg:{asg}/: ssh 2
/usr/bin/ssh {first private ip}
Last login: {sometime} from {somewhere}

__| __|_ )
_| ( / Amazon Linux AMI

It also supports port forwarding!

.. code-block:: bash

(aws)/stack:{stack}/stack:{substack}/asg:{asg}/: ssh 2 -L 8888:localhost:8888
/usr/bin/ssh {first private ip}
Last login: {sometime} from {somewhere}

__| __|_ )
_| ( / Amazon Linux AMI
$ exit
(aws)/stack:{stack}/stack:{substack}/asg:{asg}/: ssh 2 -L 8888 # <-- useful shorthand!

So how do you set up your `~/.ssh/config` for this? I don't really
profess to be an expert, but here's the magic from mine, modified
to protect my account, of course:

.. code-block:: config

Host 192.168.* ### Not the actual subnet, obviously - adjust to match your subnet
User {host-user}
IdentityFile {bastion-identity-path}
ProxyCommand ssh -i {host-identity-path} -W %h:%p {bastion-user}@{bastion-host-ip-or-name}

Obviously, `{host-user}`, `{bastion-identity-path}`,
`{host-identity-path}`, `{bastion-user}`, and
`{bastion-host-ip-or-name}` will all vary for your AWS setup. I may
have `{bastion-identity-path}` and `{host-identity-path}`
swapped. Like I said, not an expert on ssh proxying.

New Features

_Most Recent Last._

Doesn't include bug fixes, or any features I forgot to list. Maybe
that last bit was obvious :-D

* You can now input an MFA token by running `mfa {token}`. It's
rudimentary support at this point, and likely broken if you've never
used [aws-mfa]( before.

* You can now ssh with shorthanded port forwarding. Basically, if you
want to forward a port on the remote server via the same local port,
you no longer have to use the `-L {port}:localhost:{port}`
syntax. Instead, just say `-L {port}`. You can still use the server
as a tunnel to yet another server, or choose different local/remote
port numbers with the old syntax though.

* When launching, nephele automatically runs "stacks" for you.

* --profile (short: -p) selects a specific AWS profile. This is
helpful when other processes require that your default profile be
one other than the one you would like nephele to use.

* nephele now knows how to get your aws device info. I also tried to
make it file-compatible with aws-mfa, so you should in theory not
need the separate aws-mfa tool any longer - just use nephele to
manage your .aws/{mfa-related-files}, and you should be good to
go. Of course, my wife always says she wants to move to Theory,
because everything works... in Theory.

* --mfa (short: -m) provide your mfa command at launch. If you *know*
your cached mfa credentials are expired, this saves the step of
waiting for nephele to get access denied.

* there is now a `profile` command to change profiles after you've
started nephele.

* `stacks` now adds `-e` and `-i` parameters so you can exclude or
include new stack states in the filter.

* `~/.nephele.yaml` is the new config file. It has one setting for now,
`profile`. Example:

.. code-block:: config

profile: {aws profile name}

* `ssh` commands now have a `-R`/`--replace-key` option. It is quite
possible in AWS for IP addresses to get recycled, especially if you
are creating/tearing-down cloudformation stacks while iterating on
their templates. When this happens, you don't want to have to go
hack on `~/.ssh/known_hosts` in order to ssh in to the host. This
option will run the appropriate command (`ssh-keygen -R {host}`) to
remove the entry before running ssh.

* auto-scaling groups now support the `terminateInstance` command.

* AwsStack now prints stack events and outputs as if they were normal
stack resources.

* Added ability to glob when listing stacks. E.g., `stacks *cass*`
will list all stacks with "cass" as a substring.

* Renamed from aws-shell to nephele (after the mythological cloud
nymph), and got the tool to be installable via pip.

* You can now run a command across the instances in an auto scaling
group. Navigate to the group and use the `run` command.

* Cloudwatch logging support has commenced. It's very rudimentary
so far - you can see log groups inside stacks, select them
using the logGroup command, and see that there are streams present.
The output is not beautified yet, and you can't actually see
the content of those streams yet. Soon.

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