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Shell Plugins

Shell plugins work transparently to ensure that the basic commands Ansible runs are properly formatted to work with the target machine.

Enabling Shell Plugins

You can add a custom shell plugin by dropping it into a shell_plugins directory adjacent to your play, inside a role, or by putting it in one of the shell plugin directory sources configured in ansible.cfg.

Warning

You should not alter the configuration for these plugins unless you have a setup in which the default /bin/sh is not a POSIX compatible shell or is not availble for execution.

Using Shell Plugins

In addition to the default configuration settings in Configuration, you can use a ‘connection variable’ ansible_shell_type to select the plugin to use. In this case, you will also want to update the ansible_executable to match.

See also

Playbooks
An introduction to playbooks
Inventory Plugins
Ansible inventory plugins
Callback Plugins
Ansible callback plugins
Filters
Jinja2 filter plugins
Tests
Jinja2 test plugins
Lookups
Jinja2 lookup plugins
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