JP Vossen on 15 Jul 2016 19:35:31 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Server date in Ansible/J2?

I just noticed I forgot to close this out.

Doug, thanks, I tried that but now I forget if it worked.  :-/

I ended up going with this "solution" which works, but is inefficient and ugly:
	image_date: "{{ lookup('pipe','date +%Y-%m-%d') }}"

That's basically the one I mentioned below, and I think it sucks, but I've wasted far more time on this than it really deserves, so I'm calling it.

On 07/05/2016 08:04 PM, Doug Stewart wrote:
Try the register: command with a "connection: local" argument, perhaps? That will run only on the execution node.
Doug Stewart

On Jul 5, 2016, at 7:10 PM, JP Vossen <> wrote:

I have what seems to be a simple question that I can't find on the web.  How do I get the current date from the Ansible server into a J2 variable?  I know how to do it with {{ }} but that's from the remote node at the time Ansible collected facts (which could be cached), NOT now on the server I'm running on.

It should go without saying that I want the date in the only sane format (ISO-8601): CCYY-MM-DD.

I found one "solution" that was a filter that shelled out and ran the `date` command, but that's just amazingly wrong and bad.  Python knows what time it is, so does Ansible, and so does J2. do I get them to cough it up?

Use case (this works, but it's remote node "setup" (get facts) time, not local server "now" time):
  - name: Update image_release file
      line='{{ }} {{ image_release }}'

There's got to be some way that's so fundamentally simple no one even bothers to document it because it's so obvious...except to me.

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