I've installed the AWS Command Line Interface using pip by following Amazon's instructions here. I also downloaded my access key id and secret access key into ~/aws/rootkey.csv. However, after the installation, the aws command doesn't work. If I try to simply verify the installation with the command "aws help", I get this error:
ssh: Could not resolve hostname configure: nodename nor servname provided, or not known
I get the same error if I try to run "aws configure".
Since I have my identity (.pem) file in a non-standard location, ~/aws/ec2-t1-micro.pem, I tried specifying it on the command line "aws -i /Users/me/aws/ec2-t1-micro.pem help" but I still get the same error.
Just in case aws can't find my .pem file, I also created a symbolic link:
ln -s ~/aws ~/.aws
This didn't help either.
If I run the command verbosely with "aws -v help" I see:
OpenSSH_5.9p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8y 5 Feb 2013 debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config debug1: /etc/ssh_config line 20: Applying options for * ssh: Could not resolve hostname help: nodename nor servname provided, or not known
Finally, I downloaded the awscli source from Github and searched for the error message but I couldn't find anything. I also searched the source for the string "ssh" to see if the error was being generated by a call to ssh but I couldn't find anything. This installation is supposed to be easy. I've searched the Internet and I see where this error arises in other situations but nothing particular to running the aws command.
By the way, I did create an inbound security group rule for ssh and have no problems accessing my server using the command: "ssh -i [path_to_my_id_file] ubuntu@[my_public_dns_name]".
Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Thanks.