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I'm setting up a complete environment using Ansible. For some reason, Ansible is not picking up variable values.

I'm using Ansible 2.1.1.0.

Here's a strip example of what I'm trying to do:

I have registered my vpc with register: ec2_vpc.

  syntax-1 # This doesn't work
        - name: Add to host vars
          add_host:
                name: "vpc subnets"
                groups: vpc_vars
                vpc_subnet_id: "{{ ec2_vpc.subnets[0].id }}"
                vpcid: "{{ ec2_vpc.vpc_id }}"
        - debug: var=vpc_subnet_id
        - debug: var=vpcid

   syntax-2 # These works
        - name: Record vpc id
          debug: var=ec2_vpc.vpc_id

        - name: Record subnet id
          debug: var=ec2_vpc.subnets[0].id

Result of the above strip:

TASK [debug] *******************************************************************
ok: [localhost] => {
    "vpc_subnet_id": "VARIABLE IS NOT DEFINED!"
}

TASK [debug] *******************************************************************
ok: [localhost] => {
    "vpcid": "VARIABLE IS NOT DEFINED!"
}

TASK [Record vpc id] ***********************************************************
ok: [localhost] => {
    "ec2_vpc.vpc_id": "vpc-4sdh3832f"
}

TASK [Record subnet id] ********************************************************
ok: [localhost] => {
    "ec2_vpc.subnets[0].id": "subnet-edfjdh3482"
}

Why is my first syntax not picking the value instead it's returning VARIABLE IS NOT DEFINED!

Updated: Here my 2nd syntax describes I am correctly sorting out the value from the JSON result of registered variable. But I want it work for my 1st syntax which means I want to add hosts variables to dynamic inventory. So that I can reuse it in another play

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add_host module creates a host in the dynamic list of hosts. You then run another play (in the same playbook) against this group of hosts and from within that play you will be able to access the variables you set.

For example with the following syntax:

- hosts: all
  # ...
  tasks:
    - name: Add to host vars
        add_host:
          name: host_1
          groups: dynamic_hosts
          vpc_subnet_id: "{{ ec2_vpc.subnets[0].id }}"
          vpcid: "{{ ec2_vpc.vpc_id }}"

- hosts: dynamic_hosts
  # ...
  tasks:
    - debug: var=vpc_subnet_id
    - debug: var=vpcid

The add_host in the above example creates an in-memory inventory file with the following content:

[dynamic_hosts]
host_1 vpc_subnet_id="{{ ec2_vpc.subnets[0].id }}" vpcid="{{ ec2_vpc.vpc_id }}"
  • Its almost similar to what I have defined. Still debug returns VARIABLE IS NOT DEFINED!. If I use set_fact instead add_host. It does returns values of my variables. But its not working for add_host – Nagarjuna D N Aug 9 '16 at 8:40
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    Maybe it's similar, but it's not what you wrote; you don't even mention set_fact in your question. If you want an answer that resolves your problem, first you need to update your question and define your problem. – techraf Aug 9 '16 at 8:46

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