Testing plugin documentation

A quick test while developing is to use ansible-doc -t <plugin_type> <name> to see if it renders, you might need to add -M /path/to/module if the module is not somewhere Ansible expects to find it.

Before you submit a plugin for inclusion in Ansible, you must test your documentation for correct HTML rendering and for modules to ensure that the argspec matches the documentation in your Python file. The community pages offer more information on testing reStructuredText documentation.

For example, to check the HTML output of your module documentation:

  1. Ensure working development environment.

  2. Install required Python packages (drop ‘–user’ in venv/virtualenv):

    pip install --user -r requirements.txt
    pip install --user -r docs/docsite/requirements.txt
  3. Ensure your module is in the correct directory: lib/ansible/modules/mymodule.py or in a configured path.

  4. Build HTML from your module documentation: MODULES=mymodule make webdocs.

  5. To build the HTML documentation for multiple modules, use a comma-separated list of module names: MODULES=mymodule,mymodule2 make webdocs.

  6. View the HTML page at file:///path/to/docs/docsite/_build/html/modules/mymodule_module.html.

To ensure that your module documentation matches your argument_spec:

  1. Install required Python packages (drop ‘–user’ in venv/virtualenv):

    pip install --user -r test/lib/ansible_test/_data/requirements/sanity.txt
  2. run the validate-modules test:

    ansible-test sanity --test validate-modules mymodule

For other plugin types the steps are similar, just adjusting names and paths to the specific type.