Get Ansible to work on bare Ubuntu 16.04 without python 2.7
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|# Add this snippet to the top of your playbook.|
|# It will install python2 if missing (but checks first so no expensive repeated apt updates)|
|- hosts: all|
|- name: install python 2|
|raw: test -e /usr/bin/python || (apt -y update && apt install -y python-minimal)|
PS I think bootstrapping a Python 2 installation is now likely to be unnecessary, since Ansible 2.8+ will auto-detect a suitable Python interpreter to use anyway.
Jun 3, 2020
If anyone is looking for a solution for Ubuntu 20.04 - change
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Yep, I think it's simply that a target server without python installed, is unable to run normal ansible task steps. Using 'raw' side-steps the need for python.