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ansible-pull - pull playbooks from VCS server and run them using this machine as the


ansible-pull -U URL [options] [ <filename.yml> ]


Ansible is an extra-simple tool/framework/API for doing 'remote things'.

Use ansible-pull to set up a remote copy of ansible on each managed node, each set to run
via cron and update playbook source via a source repository. This inverts the default push
architecture of ansible into a pull architecture, which has near-limitless scaling

The setup playbook can be tuned to change the cron frequency, logging locations, and
parameters to ansible-pull.

This is useful both for extreme scale-out as well as periodic remediation. Usage of the
fetch module to retrieve logs from ansible-pull runs would be an excellent way to gather
and analyze remote logs from ansible-pull.


The name of one the YAML format files to run as an ansible playbook. This can be a
relative path within the checkout. If not provided, ansible-pull will look for a
playbook based on the host’s fully-qualified domain name, on the host hostname and
finally a playbook named local.yml.


Adds the hostkey for the repo URL if not already added.

Ask for privilege escalation password.

-k, --ask-pass
Prompt for the connection password, if it is needed for the transport used. For
example, using ssh and not having a key-based authentication with ssh-agent.

Prompt for su password, used with --su (deprecated, use become).

-K, --ask-sudo-pass
Prompt for the password to use with --sudo, if any (deprecated, use become).

Prompt for vault password.

Branch/Tag/Commit to checkout. If not provided, uses default behavior of module used
to check out playbook repository.

-d DEST, --directory=DEST
Directory to checkout repository into. If not provided, a subdirectory of
~/.ansible/pull/ will be used.

-e EXTRA_VARS, --extra-vars='EXTRA_VARS
Extra variables to inject into a playbook, in key=value key=value format or as quoted
YAML/JSON (hashes and arrays). To load variables from a file, specify the file
preceded by @ (e.g. @vars.yml).

-f, --force
Force running of playbook even if unable to update playbook repository. This can be
useful, for example, to enforce run-time state when a network connection may not
always be up or possible.

Do a full clone of the repository. By default ansible-pull will do a shallow clone
based on the last revision.

-h, --help
Show the help message and exit.

-i PATH, --inventory=PATH
The PATH to the inventory, which defaults to /etc/ansible/hosts. Alternatively you can
use a comma separated list of hosts or single host with traling comma host,.

Use this file to authenticate the connection.

-m NAME, --module-name=NAME
Module used to checkout playbook repository. Defaults to git.

-o, --only-if-changed
Only run the playbook if the repository has been updated.

Purge the checkout after the playbook is run.

-s SLEEP, --sleep=SLEEP
Sleep for random interval (between 0 and SLEEP number of seconds) before starting.
This is a useful way ot disperse git requests.

--ssh-common-args='-o ProxyCommand="ssh -W %h:%p ..." ...'
Add the specified arguments to any sftp/scp/ssh command-line. Useful to set a
ProxyCommand to use a jump host, but any arguments that are accepted by all three
programs may be specified.

--sftp-extra-args='-f ...'
Add the specified arguments to any sftp command-line.

--scp-extra-args='-l ...'
Add the specified arguments to any scp command-line.

--ssh-extra-args='-R ...'
Add the specified arguments to any ssh command-line.

-t TAGS, --tags=TAGS
Only run plays and tasks tagged with these values.

-U URL, --url=URL
URL of the playbook repository to checkout.

Vault password file.

-v, --verbose
Pass -vvv to ansible-playbook.


Ansible stores the hosts it can potentially operate on in an inventory. This can be an
ini-like file, a script, directory or a list. The ini syntax is one host per line. Groups
headers are allowed and are included on their own line, enclosed in square brackets that
start the line.

Ranges of hosts are also supported. For more information and additional options, see the
documentation on http://docs.ansible.com/.


The following environment variables may be specified.

ANSIBLE_INVENTORY — Override the default ansible inventory file

ANSIBLE_LIBRARY — Override the default ansible module library path

ANSIBLE_CONFIG — Override the default ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg

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