[ec2-beta] feature request: user-data scripts

Keary Griffin keary.griffin at unwiredappeal.com
Tue Mar 10 23:15:43 GMT 2009

I know this is a little late in the game for this release, but maybe for 
the future, one of things I really liked about the Eric's alestic Ubuntu 
images was the ability for the image to launch a script supplied in the 
ec2 user-data on first boot.

This allows people to launch the AMI's as-is without needing to 
rebundle, and use the user-data supplied script to customize the image 
on boot.

I've seen a bunch of talk on this list lately about the pros and cons of 
rebundling/not rebundling the AMI's.   I usually rebundle my AMI's 
(because without a feature like the above it's a necessity), but find it 
time-consuming and would rather skip this step.  Being able to specify a 
script to launch on first-boot would allow me to skip this step.

And if this functionality is already there and I missed it, I'll 
apologize in advance.


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