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ping – Try to connect to host, verify a usable python and return pong on success

Synopsis

  • A trivial test module, this module always returns pong on successful contact. It does not make sense in playbooks, but it is useful from /usr/bin/ansible to verify the ability to login and that a usable Python is configured.
  • This is NOT ICMP ping, this is just a trivial test module that requires Python on the remote-node.
  • For Windows targets, use the win_ping module instead.
  • For Network targets, use the net_ping module instead.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
data
string
Default:
"pong"
Data to return for the ping return value.
If this parameter is set to crash, the module will cause an exception.

See Also

See also

net_ping – Tests reachability using ping from a network device
The official documentation on the net_ping module.
win_ping – A windows version of the classic ping module
The official documentation on the win_ping module.

Examples

# Test we can logon to 'webservers' and execute python with json lib.
# ansible webservers -m ping

# Example from an Ansible Playbook
- ping:

# Induce an exception to see what happens
- ping:
    data: crash

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
ping
string
success
value provided with the data parameter

Sample:
pong


Status

Red Hat Support

More information about Red Hat’s support of this module is available from this Red Hat Knowledge Base article.

Authors

  • Ansible Core Team
  • Michael DeHaan

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