New in version 1.6.
(added in 2.4)
If specified, the line after the replace/remove will start. Can be used in combination with
(added in 2.3)
Attributes the file or directory should have. To get supported flags look at the man page for chattr on the target system. This string should contain the attributes in the same order as the one displayed by lsattr.
Create a backup file including the timestamp information so you can get the original file back if you somehow clobbered it incorrectly.
(added in 2.4)
If specified, the line before the replace/remove will occur. Can be used in combination with
(added in 1.9)
This flag indicates that filesystem links, if they exist, should be followed.
Name of the group that should own the file/directory, as would be fed to chown.
Mode the file or directory should be. For those used to /usr/bin/chmod remember that modes are actually octal numbers (like 0644). Leaving off the leading zero will likely have unexpected results. As of version 1.8, the mode may be specified as a symbolic mode (for example,
All arguments accepted by the file module also work here.
Name of the user that should own the file/directory, as would be fed to chown.
The file to modify.
Before 2.3 this option was only usable as dest, destfile and name.
aliases: dest, destfile, name
The regular expression to look for in the contents of the file. Uses Python regular expressions; see http://docs.python.org/2/library/re.html. Uses multiline mode, which means
Note that, as of ansible 2, short form tasks should have any escape sequences backslash-escaped in order to prevent them being parsed as string literal escapes. See the examples.
The string to replace regexp matches. May contain backreferences that will get expanded with the regexp capture groups if the regexp matches. If not set, matches are removed entirely.
Level part of the SELinux file context. This is the MLS/MCS attribute, sometimes known as the
Role part of SELinux file context,
Type part of SELinux file context,
User part of SELinux file context. Will default to system policy, if applicable. If set to
(added in 2.2)
Normally this module uses atomic operations to prevent data corruption or inconsistent reads from the target files, sometimes systems are configured or just broken in ways that prevent this. One example are docker mounted files, they cannot be updated atomically and can only be done in an unsafe manner.
This boolean option allows ansible to fall back to unsafe methods of updating files for those cases in which you do not have any other choice. Be aware that this is subject to race conditions and can lead to data corruption.
The validation command to run before copying into place. The path to the file to validate is passed in via '%s' which must be present as in the example below. The command is passed securely so shell features like expansion and pipes won't work.
# Before 2.3, option 'dest', 'destfile' or 'name' was used instead of 'path' - replace: path: /etc/hosts regexp: '(\s+)old\.host\.name(\s+.*)?$' replace: '\1new.host.name\2' backup: yes # Replace after the expression till the end of the file (requires >=2.4) - replace: path: /etc/hosts regexp: '(\s+)old\.host\.name(\s+.*)?$' replace: '\1new.host.name\2' after: 'Start after line.*' backup: yes # Replace before the expression till the begin of the file (requires >=2.4) - replace: path: /etc/hosts regexp: '(\s+)old\.host\.name(\s+.*)?$' replace: '\1new.host.name\2' before: 'Start before line.*' backup: yes # Replace between the expressions (requires >=2.4) - replace: path: /etc/hosts regexp: '(\s+)old\.host\.name(\s+.*)?$' replace: '\1new.host.name\2' after: 'Start after line.*' before: 'Start before line.*' backup: yes - replace: path: /home/jdoe/.ssh/known_hosts regexp: '^old\.host\.name[^\n]*\n' owner: jdoe group: jdoe mode: 0644 - replace: path: /etc/apache/ports regexp: '^(NameVirtualHost|Listen)\s+80\s*$' replace: '\1 127.0.0.1:8080' validate: '/usr/sbin/apache2ctl -f %s -t' - name: short form task (in ansible 2+) necessitates backslash-escaped sequences replace: dest=/etc/hosts regexp='\\b(localhost)(\\d*)\\b' replace='\\1\\2.localdomain\\2 \\1\\2' - name: long form task does not replace: dest: /etc/hosts regexp: '\b(localhost)(\d*)\b' replace: '\1\2.localdomain\2 \1\2'
This module is flagged as stableinterface which means that the maintainers for this module guarantee that no backward incompatible interface changes will be made.