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Quickstart for Ansible

This does not cover how to write Ansible playbooks, see my older guides for that. Or the Ansible docs.

This is a quick setup guide for Ansible.

Use ~/.ansible.cfg

Here's an example based on my own file.

roles_path = ~/Ansible/roles:./roles
ansible_managed = Ansible managed, DO NOT EDIT MANUALLY: {file} modified on %Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S by {uid} on {host}
remote_tmp = ~/.ansible/tmp
gathering = smart

#fact_caching = redis
#fact_caching_timeout = 86400
#fact_caching_connection = localhost:6379:0

pipelining = True
scp_if_ssh = True
ssh_args = -o ControlMaster=auto -o ControlPersist=60s -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no
host_key_checking = False

enable_plugins = advanced_host_list, host_list, ini, yaml
#cache = True

You might want to change the following;

  • roles_path to your own path where you want your roles to reside.
  • fact_caching uncomment these three lines only if you have a redis server and the python redis module installed.

Redis cache on Fedora

$ sudo dnf install redis
$ pip install --user redis

See also

Last update: October 2, 2021