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Hari subramaniam

I was wondering if the S3 bucket has to be set up up front before the deployment can be performed? Just was wondering to see if even that can be automated like say one configuration that includes backend S3 creation and proceeding with the deployment only after backend is done.

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Hari subramaniam

But I played with it using your article and realised that backend has to be set up first. Also realised that the backend configuration does not accept variables and has to be constants that exist

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Lou — Cloud Engineer Author

Yeah, exactly. Maybe in future they'll fix this DX issue of getting setup. But as you say the backend MUST be hardcoded (without some hacking) and therefore it must be created as a two step process where the first step is running on local (or some other backend other than the one you're configuring). It's a shame really... I imagine at some point this will get addressed. Glad you were able to follow through the tutorial though! At least the explanation wasn't terrible ! 😂

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Hari subramaniam

Ah yeah hope that gets addressed at some point. Great tutorial and it was quite clear :)