Sets attributes of files, symlinks, and directories, or removes files/symlinks/directories. Many other modules support the same options as the M(file) module - including M(copy), M(template), and M(assemble).


path path to the file being managed. Aliases: I(dest), I(name) true
state If C(directory), all immediate subdirectories will be created if they do not exist, since 1.7 they will be created with the supplied permissions. If C(file), the file will NOT be created if it does not exist, see the M(copy) or M(template) module if you want that behavior. If C(link), the symbolic link will be created or changed. Use C(hard) for hardlinks. If C(absent), directories will be recursively deleted, and files or symlinks will be unlinked. If C(touch) (new in 1.4), an empty file will be created if the C(path) does not exist, while an existing file or directory will receive updated file access and modification times (similar to the way `touch` works from the command line).
  • file
  • linkdirectoryhardtouchabsent
src path of the file to link to (applies only to C(state=link)). Will accept absolute, relative and nonexisting paths. Relative paths are not expanded.
recurse recursively set the specified file attributes (applies only to state=directory)
  • yes
  • no
force force the creation of the symlinks in two cases: the source file does not exist (but will appear later); the destination exists and is a file (so, we need to unlink the "path" file and create symlink to the "src" file in place of it).
  • yes
  • no


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