Is it possible to have "post tasks" in a role? i.e tasks defined in a role, that would run at the end of the play?

For example, I have a common role, which most other roles depend on. The common role provides some basic stuff to avoid repetition, such as tweaks to yum config, etc.

I notice that playbooks have post_tasks. I was wondering if it is possible to define post tasks in roles themselves?

Update: Quoting the Ansible documentation:

Handlers: Running Operations On Change


These ‘notify’ actions are triggered at the end of each block of tasks in a playbook, and will only be triggered once even if notified by multiple different tasks.


Roles are described later on. It’s worthwhile to point out that handlers are automatically processed between ‘pre_tasks’, ‘roles’, ‘tasks’, and ‘post_tasks’ sections.


Evidently this part of the documentation is either misleading, or down right lying (=there is an error in it). It appears that handlers are fired at the end of each play, between the tasks and post_tasks, as this following simple test shows:

- name:         Handlers test
  hosts:        all
  gather_facts: no
    - some-role
    # some-role depends on common
    - name:  This a task
      shell: /bin/true
    - name:  This is a post task
      shell: /bin/true

And the common role:

# tasks/main.yml

- name:   Registering handler
  shell:  /bin/true
  notify: this is a handler


- name:   this is a handler
  shell:  /bin/true

(Since nobody provided an answer I can't accept one, but didn't feel right answering my own question with tips from the comments...)

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    how closely does a handler fit what you are looking for? – chicks Sep 26 '15 at 14:37
  • A handler will run between the roles and tasks section of a playbook. I need something that runs after the tasks section, i'e like post_tasks. – Amir Abiri Sep 26 '15 at 19:11
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    handlers run after everything if there is a trigger. It sounds like you expect them not to fire after tasks, but they do. – chicks Sep 26 '15 at 19:14
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    Right, handlers run at the very end. – Michael Hampton Sep 26 '15 at 21:00
  • Sorry I don't understand - a handler defined and triggered in a role would run before or after the tasks section of the top-level playbook? – Amir Abiri Sep 27 '15 at 3:41

This behavior is caused by a bug in Ansible 1.9.x, it's currently tracked here: https://github.com/ansible/ansible/issues/12575

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