This shows a few alternative ways to run playbooks. These modes are very useful for testing new plays or debugging.
If you want to start executing your playbook at a particular task, you can do so with the
ansible-playbook playbook.yml --start-at-task="install packages"
The above will start executing your playbook at a task named “install packages”.
Playbooks can also be executed interactively with
ansible-playbook playbook.yml --step
This will cause ansible to stop on each task, and ask if it should execute that task. Say you had a task called “configure ssh”, the playbook run will stop and ask:
Perform task: configure ssh (y/n/c):
Answering “y” will execute the task, answering “n” will skip the task, and answering “c” will continue executing all the remaining tasks without asking.