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win_file - Creates, touches or removes files or directories

New in version 1.9.2.

Synopsis

  • Creates (empty) files, updates file modification stamps of existing files, and can create or remove directories.
  • Unlike file, does not modify ownership, permissions or manipulate links.
  • For non-Windows targets, use the file module instead.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
path
path

required
Path to the file being managed.

aliases: dest, name
state
    Choices:
  • absent
  • directory
  • file
  • touch
If directory, all immediate subdirectories will be created if they do not exist.
If file, the file will NOT be created if it does not exist, see the copy or template module if you want that behavior. If absent, directories will be recursively deleted, and files will be removed.
If touch, an empty file will be created if the path does not exist, while an existing file or directory will receive updated file access and modification times (similar to the way touch works from the command line).

Notes

Note

Examples

- name: Touch a file (creates if not present, updates modification time if present)
  win_file:
    path: C:\Temp\foo.conf
    state: touch

- name: Remove a file, if present
  win_file:
    path: C:\Temp\foo.conf
    state: absent

- name: Create directory structure
  win_file:
    path: C:\Temp\folder\subfolder
    state: directory

- name: Remove directory structure
  win_file:
    path: C:\Temp
    state: absent

Status

This module is flagged as stableinterface which means that the maintainers for this module guarantee that no backward incompatible interface changes will be made.

Maintenance

This module is flagged as core which means that it is maintained by the Ansible Core Team. See Module Maintenance & Support for more info.

For a list of other modules that are also maintained by the Ansible Core Team, see here.

Support

For more information about Red Hat’s support of this module, please refer to this Knowledge Base article

Author

  • Jon Hawkesworth (@jhawkesworth)

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