community.general.interfaces_file – Tweak settings in /etc/network/interfaces files

Note

This plugin is part of the community.general collection.

To install it use: ansible-galaxy collection install community.general.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.general.interfaces_file.

Synopsis

  • Manage (add, remove, change) individual interface options in an interfaces-style file without having to manage the file as a whole with, say, ansible.builtin.template or ansible.builtin.assemble. Interface has to be presented in a file.

  • Read information about interfaces from interfaces-styled files

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
address_family
string
Address family of the interface, useful if same interface name is used for both inet and inet6
attributes
string
added in 2.3 of ansible.builtin
The attributes the resulting 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.
The = operator is assumed as default, otherwise + or - operators need to be included in the string.

aliases: attr
backup
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Create a backup file including the timestamp information so you can get the original file back if you somehow clobbered it incorrectly.
dest
string
Default:
"/etc/network/interfaces"
Path to the interfaces file
group
string
Name of the group that should own the file/directory, as would be fed to chown.
iface
string
Name of the interface, required for value changes or option remove
mode
raw
The permissions the resulting file or directory should have.
For those used to /usr/bin/chmod remember that modes are actually octal numbers. You must either add a leading zero so that Ansible's YAML parser knows it is an octal number (like 0644 or 01777) or quote it (like '644' or '1777') so Ansible receives a string and can do its own conversion from string into number.
Giving Ansible a number without following one of these rules will end up with a decimal number which will have unexpected results.
As of Ansible 1.8, the mode may be specified as a symbolic mode (for example, u+rwx or u=rw,g=r,o=r).
option
string
Name of the option, required for value changes or option remove
owner
string
Name of the user that should own the file/directory, as would be fed to chown.
selevel
string
The level part of the SELinux file context.
This is the MLS/MCS attribute, sometimes known as the range.
When set to _default, it will use the level portion of the policy if available.
serole
string
The role part of the SELinux file context.
When set to _default, it will use the role portion of the policy if available.
setype
string
The type part of the SELinux file context.
When set to _default, it will use the type portion of the policy if available.
seuser
string
The user part of the SELinux file context.
By default it uses the system policy, where applicable.
When set to _default, it will use the user portion of the policy if available.
state
string
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • absent
If set to absent the option or section will be removed if present instead of created.
unsafe_writes
boolean
added in 2.2 of ansible.builtin
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Influence when to use atomic operation to prevent data corruption or inconsistent reads from the target file.
By default this module uses atomic operations to prevent data corruption or inconsistent reads from the target files, but sometimes systems are configured or just broken in ways that prevent this. One example is docker mounted files, which cannot be updated atomically from inside the container and can only be written in an unsafe manner.
This option allows Ansible to fall back to unsafe methods of updating files when atomic operations fail (however, it doesn't force Ansible to perform unsafe writes).
IMPORTANT! Unsafe writes are subject to race conditions and can lead to data corruption.
value
string
If option is not presented for the interface and state is present option will be added. If option already exists and is not pre-up, up, post-up or down, it's value will be updated. pre-up, up, post-up and down options can't be updated, only adding new options, removing existing ones or cleaning the whole option set are supported

Notes

Note

  • If option is defined multiple times last one will be updated but all will be deleted in case of an absent state

Examples

- name: Set eth1 mtu configuration value to 8000
  community.general.interfaces_file:
    dest: /etc/network/interfaces.d/eth1.cfg
    iface: eth1
    option: mtu
    value: 8000
    backup: yes
    state: present
  register: eth1_cfg

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key Returned Description
dest
string
success
destination file/path

Sample:
/etc/network/interfaces
ifaces
complex
success
interfaces dictionary

 
ifaces
dictionary
success
interface dictionary

   
eth0
dictionary
success
Name of the interface

     
address_family
string
success
interface address family

Sample:
inet
     
down
list / elements=string
success
list of down scripts

Sample:
['route del -net 10.10.10.0/24 gw 10.10.10.1 dev eth1', 'route del -net 10.10.11.0/24 gw 10.10.11.1 dev eth2']
     
method
string
success
interface method

Sample:
manual
     
mtu
string
success
other options, all values returned as strings

Sample:
1500
     
post-up
list / elements=string
success
list of post-up scripts

Sample:
['route add -net 10.10.10.0/24 gw 10.10.10.1 dev eth1', 'route add -net 10.10.11.0/24 gw 10.10.11.1 dev eth2']
     
pre-up
list / elements=string
success
list of pre-up scripts

Sample:
['route add -net 10.10.10.0/24 gw 10.10.10.1 dev eth1', 'route add -net 10.10.11.0/24 gw 10.10.11.1 dev eth2']
     
up
list / elements=string
success
list of up scripts

Sample:
['route add -net 10.10.10.0/24 gw 10.10.10.1 dev eth1', 'route add -net 10.10.11.0/24 gw 10.10.11.1 dev eth2']


Authors

  • Roman Belyakovsky (@hryamzik)