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rclone – AWS S3#

Gather Prior Information

There are two pieces of info you need to gather before proceeding. For example purposes, we are going to use the US 1950 Census Dataset.

On the linked page we're able to get the bucket name nara-1950-census and what region the data is in. For cost-saving purposes, not all buckets are available in all regions. You must find out what region(s) a bucket is in to be able to access its data. For the 1950 Census Dataset, that is us-east-2 only.

How-to#

  1. rclone config
  2. n) New remote
  3. Call it whatever you want. Recommended: all lowercase, short, and no spaces.
  4. 5
  5. 1
  6. false (or just hit Enter)
  7. Leave empty and hit Enter
  8. Leave empty and hit Enter
  9. 2 (us-east-2)
  10. Leave empty and hit Enter
  11. 2 (us-east-2)
  12. Leave empty and hit Enter
  13. Repeat step 12 until asked: Edit advanced config?
  14. n
  15. y
  16. q

To test if this is working, simply run: rclone lsd s3useast2:nara-1950-census where s3useast2 is what you named your remote in Step 3 and nara-1950-census is whatever the public bucket name is (nara-1950-census is good enough just to test and verify). Your output should look something like:

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$ rclone lsd s3useast2:nara-1950-census
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 1950-IndianCensus
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 1950-Territories
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 1950census
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 1950census-descriptions
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 1950census-maps
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 census-maps-highres
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 metadata
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 test
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 tiff
           0 2022-04-04 12:29:03        -1 zip