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I have created backups of AMIs for AWS in the past, but I have a medium instance that is causing me troubles.

When I run uname -m, I get -i686

When I run the full command with this value, I get an error: Unsupported architecture [i686].

If I do uname -a, I see i386 at the end - should I be using i386 as the parameter then? Thanks.

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Yes, Amazon refers to AMI's as either 'x86_64' or 'i386'. For example, anytime I need to determine the architecture of an instance I include the following if/else statement in my bash scripts. –  AlanZ Aug 31 '11 at 2:11
if [ $(uname -m) = 'x86_64' ]; then arch='x86_64'; else arch='i386'; fi –  AlanZ Aug 31 '11 at 2:12
AlanZ I guess mine is i386 then. What happens if you backup to the wrong type? –  skaz Aug 31 '11 at 3:01
yes, medium instances are i386. I'm not sure I understand what you mean "backup to the wrong type". Is the instance an EBS or S3 (instance-store) backed instance? I'm guessing EBS and you're referring to taking an EBS Snapshot of the root volume? –  AlanZ Aug 31 '11 at 11:43
@Alanz I am backing up instance-store instance. By wrong type I mean that I tried the backup command with both x86_64 and i386 parameters, and they both worked. Will both of these restore correctly? I figured this flag did something to the backup. –  skaz Aug 31 '11 at 15:47
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