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I'd like to see how I can get a list of regions from AWS on the command line so I can quickly look things up, how can I do this?

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You can do this by running the command ec2-describe-regions from the command line (if you have ec2-api-tools installed available in multiverse).

$ ec2-describe-regions
REGION  eu-west-1
REGION  sa-east-1
REGION  us-east-1
REGION  ap-northeast-1
REGION  us-west-2
REGION  us-west-1
REGION  ap-southeast-1
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