Is there a nicer way of doing zcat in ansible than invoking shell?

- name: "Unpack the local config"
  shell: "zcat /proc/config.gz > /usr/src/linux/.config"
    creates: "/usr/src/linux/.config"
  • If you've a recent ansible, 2.2+, you could probably use unarchive with remote_src: yes. I don't have access to test just now.
    – jscott
    Dec 10, 2016 at 12:12
  • @jscott I tried that earlier but it seems like unarchive dest is implied to be a directory where the files get unpacked too. It doesn't let me unpack a blob into a file. As far as my attempts went at least.
    – Kit Sunde
    Dec 10, 2016 at 12:16

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In the future there might be an uncompress module, but today no:


The unarchive module only supports archives, not compressed files. The documentation was improved to make that more clear. We anticipate a new pure-python uncompress module that will support compressed files as well as archives, which would then deprecate the unarchive module.

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