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Ansible - Resolve "There was an issue creating as requested: [Errno 13] Permission denied"

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Permission denied may be displayed when attempting to do various tasks, such as using the file module to create a directory. In this example, permission denied is returned when user john.doe attempts to create the /opt/foo directory.

PLAY [all]

TASKS [mkdir /opt/foo]
fatal: [server1.example.com]: FAILED! => {"changed": false, "msg": "There was an issue creating /opt/foo as requested: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/opt/foo'", "path": "/opt/foo"}

PLAY RECAP
server1.example.com   : ok=0  changed=0  unreachable=0  failed=1

 

Let's say you are attempting to create the /opt/foo directory as john.doe.

---
- hosts: all
  tasks:
    - name: "mkdir /opt/foo"
      file:
        path: "/opt/foo"
        state: "directory"

 

This could be done by setting john.doe as the ansible_user in the /etc/ansible/hosts file, like this.

ansible_user=john.doe

 

Or by setting remote_user: john.doe in the playbook, like this.

---
- hosts: all
  remote_user: "john.doe"
  tasks:
    - name: "mkdir /opt/foo"
      file:
        path: "/opt/foo"
        state: "directory"

 

Let's also say that only root has write access to the /opt directory on the managed node (e.g. target server), like this.

drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4096 Sep 18 13:49

 

In this scenario, running the play will return Permission denied. This is the expected result, since john.doe does not have permission to write to the /opt directory. To resolve this, the become module can be used to become root.

PLAY [all]

TASKS [mkdir /opt/foo]
fatal: [server1.example.com]: FAILED! => {"changed": false, "msg": "There was an issue creating /opt/foo as requested: [Erroro 13] Permission denied: '/opt/foo'", "path": "/opt/foo"}

PLAY RECAP
server1.example.com   : ok=0  changed=0  unreachable=0  failed=1

 

 




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