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       cloud-sandbox - launch a cloud instance and ssh directly into it, as a 'sandbox' system


       cloud-sandbox [instance-type [ubuntu-release]] [ec2-run-instance-options]


       cloud-sandbox  is a program that launches a cloud instance (EC2 by default), automatically
       generates ssh host keys, ssh's into the launched system, and prompts the user for instance
       termination on exit.

       cloud-sandbox does the following:
        -  conveniently  supports  simple  parameters  for  instance-type  and ubuntu-release, by
       passing those to ubuntu-ec2-run(1)
        - generates ssh-host keys locally using ssh-keygen(1), and passes them to the instance
        -  automatically  adds   host   key   fingerprints   to   a   local   host   keys   file,
       $HOME/.ssh/, which removes the interactive fingerprint prompt
        -  uses  ssh-import-id(1)  in  the  instance  to import the user's public SSH key, if the
       environment variable $LAUNCHPAD_ID exists
        - uses bootmail(1) to send the user email noting that the instance  has  booted,  if  the
       environment variable $BOOTMAIL exists and is a valid email address
        - waits in a loop for sshd(8) to start on the cloud instance
        - execs an ssh(1) session to the instance
        -  upon  exit,  interactively  prompts the user if they want to immediately terminate the
       instance and remote the ssh known host key



        cloud-sandbox m1.large

        cloud-sandbox t1.micro lucid


       Note that the network operations will be a little slower than perhaps  you  are  used  to,
       when reading a manpage.  Also note that you must be internet-connected, and able to access for this utility to be useful.  Finally, the algorithm that dman  uses
       to retrieve remote pages is considerably simpler than that of man(1).


       ubuntu-ec2-run(1), ssh-import-id(1), bootmail(1), ssh-keygen(1)


       This  manpage  and  the  utility  was written by Dustin Kirkland <> for
       Ubuntu systems (but may be used by others).  Permission is  granted  to  copy,  distribute
       and/or  modify  this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3
       published by the Free Software Foundation.

       On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License  can  be  found  in
       /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL, or on the web at