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ansible-playbook command - invoking a shell command

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This assumes you have installed Ansible Tower and are familiar with the ansible-playbook command.

In your playbook.yml file, the "shell" option can be used to run a shell command on the target servers. In this example, the ps command will be invoked on the Linux target servers.

- name: ps command
  shell: "ps"


The playbook can then be executed using this command.

ansible-playbook playbook.yml -i inventory.yml


The following should be produced.

PLAY [all]

TASK [Gathering Facts]
ok: []

TASK [ps command]
changed: []

PLAY RECAP : ok=2  changed=1  unreacable=0  failed=0


By default, no stdout is printed. The register option can be used to print output to the console.



Certain arguments can be used with the shell command. In this example, the chdir (change directory) argument is used to perform the shell command from a particular directory.

- name: ps command
  shell: "ls"
    chdir: /root


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