Ansible troubleshooting - Error use-loop
Embracing the Loop: Ansible Lint's Use-Loop Rule
Ansible, a powerful IT automation tool, continually evolves to improve the efficiency and readability of playbooks. One such evolution is the introduction of the
use-loop rule in Ansible Lint, aiming to discourage the use of
with_xxx as a looping mechanism in favor of the more versatile
The Rule in Action
use-loop rule emphasizes the preference for the
loop construct over the older
with_xxx syntax. While the latter is not deprecated, adopting the
loop syntax is encouraged for a future-proof playbook.
When applied, the rule generates messages highlighting instances where
with_xxx is used for looping, nudging developers towards the more modern and flexible
loop alternative. For example, it may produce warnings such as:
use-loop[play]: The play uses strategy: free.
run_oncemay behave differently if the strategy is set to free.
Understanding the Motivation
use-loop rule aligns with Ansible’s commitment to staying current and streamlining syntax for better code maintenance. By discouraging the use of
with_xxx in favor of
loop, the rule prompts users to embrace a more uniform and expressive approach to looping in playbooks.
The introduction of this rule sparked discussions within the Ansible community. Some contributors expressed concerns about the rule being controversial, as the preference between
loop can be subjective and dependent on individual taste and style. The rule’s default inclusion in the production profile was also debated, with suggestions to make it optional to accommodate diverse preferences.
In the discussions, real-world examples were raised to illustrate scenarios where the
with_xxx syntax might be more readable or efficient than its
loop counterpart. The community emphasized the need for a comprehensive list of examples to guide the implementation of this rule effectively.
use-loop rule is currently an opt-in feature, its potential inclusion in default profiles and the ongoing discussions within the Ansible community highlight the importance of staying informed about evolving best practices in playbook development.
As Ansible evolves, so do its best practices. The
use-loop rule in Ansible Lint is a testament to the community’s commitment to enhancing playbook readability and maintainability. Users are encouraged to engage in discussions, share real-world examples, and adapt to emerging conventions to create efficient and future-proof Ansible playbooks.
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