On 19. sep. 2016 09:37, Harald Kubota wrote:
Still learning Ansible, so if this is a stupid question, let me know.
I'd like to know which (if any) of the typical shell init files are used
when executing commands via the shell module. Specifically I'd like to run
This works interactively just fine:

harald@giga:~/vagrantstuff/node/ansible$ ssh node3
 Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 (jessie)               built 2016-08-28
Last login: Mon Sep 19 07:11:18 2016 from giga.lan
harald@node3:~$ node --version
harald@node3:~$ echo $PATH
harald@node3:~$ echo $SHELL
harald@node3:~$ echo $LAST

PATH is set to include ~/node if it exists. I put this usually into
.bashrc, but that's not working when using Ansible.
And I spend half of today to find out why.

To find out what of those files are used at all I set LAST in all of
~/.profile, ~/.login, ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bash_login and ~/.bashrc to match
the profile file name it's in.
E.g. in .bashrc at the bottom:

export LAST

The rather simple playbook:

- hosts: nodes
  gather_facts: false
    - name: Testing to run node
      shell: echo "SHELL=$SHELL" ; echo "PATH=$PATH" ; echo "LAST=$LAST";
node --version

however does not seem to honor any of those files:

fatal: [node3]: FAILED! => {"changed": true, "cmd": "echo \"SHELL=$SHELL\"
; echo \"PATH=$PATH\"
; echo \"LAST=$LAST\"; node --version", "delta": "0:00:00.009935", "end":
"2016-09-19 07:24:49.
008019", "failed": true, "rc": 127, "start": "2016-09-19 07:24:48.998084",
"stderr": "/bin/bash:
node: command not found", "stdout":
mes\nLAST=", "stdout_lines": ["SHELL=/bin/bash",
"LAST="], "warnings": []}

As you can see /bin/bash is used (my default shell). But LAST is not set
and PATH is not set either which makes the "node" command  fail.

Ansible shell module is using /bin/sh by default. In Debian /bin/sh is a symlink to dash. Dash do read /etc/profile and $HOME/.profile, but with Ansible shell those files is not read at all in my experience.

Note that I run ansible-playbook as myself, so there should be no changing
of accounts.
If it's relevant: I use Ansible

What am I missing?

/etc/pam.d/sshd is set to read the environment from /etc/environment and changes here will be available in Ansible.

I'm using Kubuntu so I can't confirm it's working in Debian.

Kai Stian Olstad

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