If you're using ansible 2.0, now you can use "{{lookup('pipe', 'date 
+%Y%m%d%H%M%S')}}" to get what you want.

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:03:00 AM UTC+8, rambius wrote:
> Hello,
> I defined a timestamp variable used to name backup files:
> backup_timestamp: "{{ ansible_date_time.year }}{{ ansible_date_time.month 
> }}{{ ansible_date_time.day }}{{ ansible_date_time.hour }}{{ 
> ansible_date_time.minute }}{{ ansible_date_time.second }}"
> I use that variable successfully in a command. My questions is: is there a 
> way to define timestamp formats without manual appending of 
> ansible_data_time's components?
> Regards
> rambius

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