I noticed odd behavior with Ansible lookups a while back and, thinking it 
was a bug, reported it here 
<https://github.com/ansible/ansible/issues/37604>. Essentially, when I 
defined a lookup in host_vars, and referenced it in different ways from the 
same role, the lookup was executing with a different 'relative search 
path'. Brian told me this was by design, since my tasks different contexts. 
I'm not sure I understand the distinction though. Here is the role in 

# Does lookup with respect to role
- name: direct reference
    msg: "{{ users }}"
# Does lookup with respect to playbook
- name: reference through hostvars
    msg: "{{ hostvars['SERVER_NAME']['users'] }}"

What's different about the context for these two tasks? How can I know a 
priori how a lookup is going to execute, without doing guess-and-check?

Thanks so much for your help!

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