Documentation

xattr - set/retrieve extended attributes

New in version 1.3.

Synopsis

  • Manages filesystem user defined extended attributes, requires that they are enabled on the target filesystem and that the setfattr/getfattr utilities are present.

Options

parameter required default choices comments
follow
no True
  • yes
  • no
if yes, dereferences symlinks and sets/gets attributes on symlink target, otherwise acts on symlink itself.
key
no None
The name of a specific Extended attribute key to set/retrieve
path
yes None
The full path of the file/object to get the facts of.
Before 2.3 this option was only usable as name.

aliases: name
state
no get
  • read
  • present
  • all
  • keys
  • absent
defines which state you want to do. read retrieves the current value for a key (default) present sets name to value, default if value is set all dumps all data keys retrieves all keys absent deletes the key
value
no None
The value to set the named name/key to, it automatically sets the state to 'set'

Examples

# Obtain the extended attributes  of /etc/foo.conf
- xattr:
    path: /etc/foo.conf

# Sets the key 'foo' to value 'bar'
- xattr:
    path: /etc/foo.conf
    key: user.foo
    value: bar

# Removes the key 'foo'
- xattr:
    path: /etc/foo.conf
    key: user.foo
    state: absent

Notes

Note

  • As of Ansible 2.3, the name option has been changed to path as default, but name still works as well.

Status

This module is flagged as stableinterface which means that the maintainers for this module guarantee that no backward incompatible interface changes will be made.

Support

This module is community maintained without core committer oversight.

For more information on what this means please read Module Support

For help in developing on modules, should you be so inclined, please read Community Information & Contributing, Testing Ansible and Developing Modules.