Right Scale has a great gem:
gem install right_aws
They will automatically retry errors for you.
gem install kato
Kato – EC2 Pool Manager
require 'rubygems' requrie 'right_aws' RightAws::RightAWSParser.xml_lib = 'libxml' SQS = RightAws::Sqs.new(access_id, access_key) #get an SQS object queue = SQS.queue("name_of_queue") #create a or get a reference to an existing queue queue.psuh "put message in the queue" #8k max queue.size # get an approximate number of message in the queue message = queue.receive # message.delete # if you don't delete your messages they will show up again </pre>
require 'rubygems' requrie 'right_aws' RightAws::RightAWSParser.xml_lib = 'libxml' EC2 = RightAsw::Ec2.new(access_id, access_key) EC2.describe_instances # get a hash of running instances EC2.run_instances("name_of_ami", minium_instances_to, max) # start up instances EC2.terminate_instances(["id1", "id2"]) # turn them off </pre>
require 'kato' # Let Kato manage your instances pool = Kato::PoolSupervisor.new(config) pool.run </pre>Kato can manage multiple pools. You can give it a min and max number of instances and give it an uptime interval. Amazon charges by the hour for the machine so you if you start it up you may as well leave it on for the full hour.