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Get Ansible to work on bare Ubuntu 16.04 without python 2.7
# 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
gather_facts: False
- name: install python 2
raw: test -e /usr/bin/python || (apt -y update && apt install -y python-minimal)
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Just wondering if there's a reason not to do this

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.

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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.

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If anyone is looking for a solution for Ubuntu 20.04 - change python-minimal to python2-minimal.

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