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Free strategy + include_task leads to wrong tasks running #60512

ian-kelling opened this issue Aug 13, 2019 · 3 comments


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commented Aug 13, 2019


The free strategy, include_tasks will skip some hosts,
sometimes run twice on some hosts, sometimes run on a host
despite a when: "'groupx' not in group_names".

ansible 2.7.4-1ppa~xenial
ANSIBLE_PIPELINING(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = True
ANSIBLE_SSH_RETRIES(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = 2
COLOR_VERBOSE(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = bright blue
DEFAULT_FORKS(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = 200
DEFAULT_STDOUT_CALLBACK(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = yaml
DISPLAY_SKIPPED_HOSTS(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = False
HOST_KEY_CHECKING(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = False
RETRY_FILES_ENABLED(/root/ansible-configs/ansible.cfg) = False
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trisquel 8 (derivative of ubuntu 16.04)


I already spent over a day tracking this down, I don't have time to
make a minimal repro or testing on the latest dev version, maybe sometime in the next few weeks I will, I figured better to report it than not.

timeout --foreground 1h ansible-playbook --key-file somekeyfile -i inventory site.yml -v |& tee -a logfile

In the main playbook, about line 250, earlier tasks do things like copy files, setup users, apt_repository, which all takes 8 minutes or so:

- include_tasks: roles/install.yml
    title: "fundamental packages"
    packages: "{{ fundamental_packages }}"


- name: install "{{ packages }}"
   name: '{{ packages }}'
   state: present
   install_recommends: no
   update_cache: yes
   autoremove: yes

Out of 50 hosts fundamental_packages task should run on, with the free strategy, with somewhat random results, it would run usually on only 44-47 hosts, maybe half the time it would run on 1 host twice. A later include_task sometimes had a when: condition get ignored. All this only happened under the free strategy. The results changed seemingly randomly, it looks like a timing issue so I assume 8 minutes or so of earlier tasks is important for this to reproduce.


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commented Aug 13, 2019

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commented Aug 13, 2019

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commented Aug 15, 2019

!component =lib/ansible/plugins/strategy/


@sivel sivel added needs_verified and removed needs_triage labels Aug 15, 2019

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