telnet – Executes a low-down and dirty telnet command

New in version 2.4.

Synopsis

  • Executes a low-down and dirty telnet command, not going through the module subsystem.
  • This is mostly to be used for enabling ssh on devices that only have telnet enabled by default.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
command
- / required
List of commands to be executed in the telnet session.

aliases: commands
host
-
Default:
"remote_addr"
The host/target on which to execute the command
login_prompt
-
Default:
"login: "
Login or username prompt to expect
password
-
The password for login
password_prompt
-
Default:
"Password: "
Login or username prompt to expect
pause
-
Default:
1
Seconds to pause between each command issued
port
-
Default:
23
Remote port to use
prompts
-
Default:
["$"]
List of prompts expected before sending next command
send_newline
boolean
added in 2.7
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Sends a newline character upon successful connection to start the terminal session.
timeout
-
Default:
120
timeout for remote operations
user
-
Default:
"remote_user"
The user for login

Notes

Note

  • The environment keyword does not work with this task

Examples

- name: send configuration commands to IOS
  telnet:
    user: cisco
    password: cisco
    login_prompt: "Username: "
    prompts:
      - "[>#]"
    command:
      - terminal length 0
      - configure terminal
      - hostname ios01

- name: run show commands
  telnet:
    user: cisco
    password: cisco
    login_prompt: "Username: "
    prompts:
      - "[>#]"
    command:
      - terminal length 0
      - show version

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
output
list
always
output of each command is an element in this list

Sample:
['success', 'success', '', 'warning .. something']


Status

Authors

  • Ansible Core Team

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