Ansible Linux Filesystem By Examples
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Ansible Linux Filesystem By Examples

40+ Automation Examples on Linux File and Directory Operation for Modern IT Infrastructure

About the Book

Ansible is an Open Source IT automation tool. This book contains all of the obvious and not-so-obvious best practices of Ansible automation. Every successful IT department needs automation nowadays for bare metal servers, virtual machines, could, containers, and edge computing. Automate your IT journey with Ansible automation technology.

You are going to start with basic concepts and the installation of Ansible in Enterprise Linux and Community Linux using the most command package manager and archives. Each of the 40+ lessons summarizes a specific scenario about files and directories management: creating an empty file, creating a text file, assigning permission to users and groups, renaming files and directory, removing the files and directory, or copying between local and remote and vice-versa. Another useful administrator tool is to assign permission to files or directories as needed. Included extraction of a compressed zip file or tarball with the most common gzips and bzip2 UNIX formats. Moreover, that is a lesson about file download from a URL and verifying the genuinity with the checksum.

Are you ready to automate your day with Ansible?

Examples in the book are tested with the latest version of Ansible 2.9+ and Ansible Core 2.11+.

About the Author

Luca Berton
Luca Berton

Luca Berton is an Ansible Automation Engineer of Red Hat, based in Brno - Czech Republic. With more than 15 years of experience as a System Administrator, he has strong expertise in Infrastructure Hardening and Automation. Enthusiast of the Open Source supports the community sharing his knowledge in different events of public access. Geek by nature, Linux by choice, Fedora of course.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Modern IT Infrastructure
    • Whois Luca Berton
  • Ansible For Beginners With Examples
    • What is Ansible
    • Getting Started
    • Inventory
    • Playbook
    • Variables
    • Facts and Magic Variables
    • Vault
    • Conditional
    • Loop
    • Handler
    • Role
    • Ansible Best Practices
  • Install Ansible
    • Ansible terminology - ansible vs ansible-core packages
    • How to install Ansible in RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 with Ansible Engine
    • How to install Ansible in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
    • How to install Ansible in Fedora 36 - Ansible install
    • How to install Ansible in CentOS 9 Stream
    • How to install Ansible in Windows 11 WSL Windows Subsystem for Linux
    • How to install Ansible in macOS - Ansible install
    • How to install Ansible in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 15 SP3
    • How to install Ansible with PIP
    • How to install Ansible in RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9 - Ansible install
    • How to install Ansible in Amazon Linux 2 (AWS EC2)
    • How to install Ansible in Debian 11
  • Ansible For Linux
    • Ansible terminology - ansible_hostname vs inventory_hostname vs ansible_fqdn
    • Three options to Safely Limit Ansible Playbooks Execution to a Single Machine
    • Ansible modules - command vs shell
    • Test host availability - Ansible module ping
    • How to print a text or a variable during the execution with Ansible
  • Ansible Code reuse: Roles and Collections with Ansible Galaxy
    • Download and Use Ansible Galaxy Role - ansible-galaxy and requirements.yml
    • Download and Use Ansible Galaxy Collection - ansible-galaxy and requirements.yml
  • Ansible for Linux Filesystem
    • Create an empty file - Ansible module file
    • Create a text file - Ansible module copy
    • Check if a file exists - Ansible module stat
    • How to create a directory with Ansible?
    • How to check if a directory exists in Ansible?
    • How to rename a file or directory using an Ansible task on a remote system?
    • Change file permission - Ansible module file
    • Add Execute Permission 755 Linux file - Ansible module file
    • Delete file or directory - Ansible module file
    • Download a file - Ansible module get_url
    • Extract an archive - Ansible module unarchive
    • Create a symbolic link (also symlink or soft link) in Linux - Ansible module file
    • Create a hard link in Linux - Ansible module file
    • Mount a Windows share in Linux SMB/CIFS - Ansible module mount
    • Mount an NFS share in Linux - Ansible module mount
    • Concatenate multiple files in a specific order - Ansible module template and YAML
    • Backup With Rsync - Local to Remote - Ansible module synchronize
    • Write a Variable to a File - Ansible module copy vs template
    • How to Delete Only Files Inside a Directory - Ansible module find
    • Find All Files with Extension - Ansible module find
    • Search for a String in a File -Ansible module lineinfile
    • Links
  • Thank you

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