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Recently I was creating sets of AWS instances. To configure themselves they needed access to some script functions and a place to share configuration information between them. They would operate as a cluster but there was no way for terraform to tell each machine the ip addresses of the other members. However terraform could inform the last-allocated instance the ip addresses of all the other members so I used an s3 bucket to share around that configuration information as well as some other things.

However just creating a single s3 bucket didn’t work across regions. While the namespace for AWS buckets appears to be global, access appears to be limited per-region. Therefore I created one bucket per region like so.

First I set the AWS provider and made a number of aliases for the different regions. Note that I use AWS profiles to access config information This saves storing credentials in configs and makes it easier and more clear to access multiple AWS accounts.

dist.tf:

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variable "profile" {}
provider "aws" {
region = "eu-west-1"
profile = "${var.profile}"
}
provider "aws" {
alias = "eu-central-1"
region = "eu-central-1"
profile = "${var.profile}"
}
provider "aws" {
alias = "eu-west-2"
region = "eu-west-2"
profile = "${var.profile}"
}
provider "aws" {
alias = "eu-west-3"
region = "eu-west-3"
profile = "${var.profile}"
}
module "eu-west-1-s3-dist" {
source = "./modules/s3-dist"
region = "eu-west-1"
}
module "eu-central-1-s3-dist" {
source = "./modules/s3-dist"
region = "eu-central-1"
providers = { aws = "aws.eu-central-1" }
}
module "eu-west-2-s3-dist" {
source = "./modules/s3-dist"
region = "eu-west-2"
providers = { aws = "aws.eu-west-2" }
}
module "eu-west-3-s3-dist" {
source = "./modules/s3-dist"
region = "eu-west-3"
providers = { aws = "aws.eu-west-3" }
}

The last four stanzas source this directory which contains two files. The first is the terraform config, modules/s3-dist/dist.tf:

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variable "region" {}
resource "aws_s3_bucket" "dist" {
bucket = "dist-${var.region}"
acl = "private"
region = "${var.region}"
lifecycle {
prevent_destroy = true
}
tags {
Name = "dist"
Role = "infrastructure"
}
}
resource "aws_s3_bucket_object" "script" {
bucket = "dist-${var.region}"
key = "script"
source = "${path.module}/script"
# filemd5() is in Terraform >=0.11.12
etag = "${filemd5("${path.module}/script")}"
}

The second is the script, modules/s3-dist/script:

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#!/usr/local/bin/bash
echo "Lots of shell functions."

The instances are then told the region specific path to get the script (this gets past user-data length restrictions for one thing) and they also use this to synchronise certain information about their cluster.