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For Amazon, in Unix/Linux systems this can be done by configuring a file named ".boto" in your homedir. A boto config file is a text file formatted like an .ini configuration file that specifies values for options that control the behavior of the boto library.
A .boto file might look like:
[Credentials] aws_access_key_id = <your_access_key_here> aws_secret_access_key = <your_secret_key_here>
Credentials can be easily retrieved from your AWS management console through the Identity and Access Management console:
AWS Management Console > Identity and Access Management
Then create a new user:
Users > Create New Users > Enter a User Name (e.g., CloudSurf) > Create > Show User Security Credentials
Simply cut and paste into your terminal the following commands, after having replaced <your_access_key_here> and <your_secret_key_here> with your aws access key id and your aws secret access key, respectively.
~# echo "[Credentials]" > ~/.boto ~# echo "aws_access_key_id = <your_access_key_here>" >> ~/.boto ~# echo "aws_secret_access_key = <your_secret_key_here>" >> ~/.boto
For more details, please visit the Amazon Documentation Website.