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Escaping Ansible variables

July 11, 2016

Recently a customer asked me to help him debug an Ansible Playbook that was throwing a very generic error that was not helping at all. The error was: ERROR! Syntax Error while loading YAML. As soon as I saw the error, I already guessed which problems could trigger such error: it’s either a bad usage of spaces, a badly escaped column within a value, or a variable escaping problem. With a couple of grep runs, I identified it as the variable escaping problem.

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