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Once upon a time, based on the large quantity of websites saying that all I needed to install to administer Amazon services including CloudWatch and Auto-Scaling Groups was the "ec2-api-tools" package. However, as I try to recreate some steps found in pages like this, I find I cannot succeed due to missing commands.

I'm assuming these commands were simply refactored, but searching for, e.g., mon-describe-alarms or mon-put-metric-alarm with apt-file yields no results. It's as if someone decided, "Nawww...nobody will need these!" and removed them from ec2-api-tools with no substitution provided.

Does anyone know what happened, and/or where I can find an Ubuntu package for the CloudWatch tools? Many thanks in advance!

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It looks like the most recent releases of CloudWatch software from Amazon are Java applications, and thus cross-platform. Installing is as simple as downloading the .zip file from Amazon and unpacking it. The lack of platform-specific configuration or compilation could well justify the removal of CloudWatch software from a package. It's just a bit of a shock, especially without finding any kind of documentation on the matter. Hopefully, answering my own question here will serve as some documentation for others in my situation. – Samuel A. Falvo II Jul 9 '12 at 20:10
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Many of the aws tools from amazon have made it into the Ubuntu archive. Others have made it into the 'awstools-dev' ppa at

Neither of those have cloudwatch tools yet. These can easily be packaged. If you're interested, I'm sure there are some people that would help you get started.

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