Hi all, we're happy to announce that RC2 for 2.2.0 is now available for
testing.

This release candidate addresses the following bugs:

* More Python 3 fixes for the core engine.
* Fixed several bugs related to locating files relative to role/playbook
directories.
* Lots of fixes for networking modules.
* Several fixes for bugs found in the new include_role feature, especially
in terms of loops.
* Fixed a bug in the way hosts were tested for failed states, resulting in
incorrectly skipped block sessions.
* Several fixes to improve parsing of INI files and better error messages
during inventory parsing in general.
* Added feature to make interprocess polling interval configurable
(internal_poll_interval in ansible.cfg [general]), to allow people to tweak
this setting for different playbooks.
* Fixed a bug in the way our custom JSON encoder is used for the to_json*
filters.
* Fixed a bug in which the `free` strategy was not correctly returning
internal codes, resulting in incorrect task execution when using blocks.
* Fixed some bugs related to the use of non-ascii characters in become
passwords.
* Fixed a bug in which a unicode file name caused errors in inventory
parsing.
* Some fixes to the pbrun become method, to remove the `-b` option by
default (re-add to become_flags if you need it back).
* Fixed postgres* and subversion modules to ensure password fields were not
displayed when no_log=True is used.
* The `ansible_managed` string now defaults to something without variables
in it, so as to avoid incorrectly replacing files which have not changed.
* Moved 'Statically included...' messages to -vv verbosity.

How do you get it?
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The tar.gz of the release can be found here:

http://releases.ansible.com/ansible/ansible-2.2.0.0-0.2.rc2.tar.gz
SHA256: 1013a4192812dd6978119e19ce81aa588b78ac2048e04a589788f10a43b77dca

You can also test against the git repository as follows:

$ git clone https://github.com/ansible/ansible.git
$ cd ansible
$ git checkout v2.2.0.0-0.2.rc2
$ git submodule update --init

You can then source our testing script:

$ . hacking/env-setup

or you can build your own .tar.gz (output will be
dist/ansible-2.2.0.0.tar.gz):

$ make sdist

If you discover any errors, or if you see any regressions from playbooks
which work on 1.9.x and prior, please open a Github issue and be sure to
mention you're testing against this release candidate.

Thanks!

James Cammarata

Ansible Lead/Sr. Principal Software Engineer
Ansible by Red Hat
twitter: @thejimic, github: jimi-c

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