How to get the host name of the current machine as defined in the Ansible hosts file?


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I'm setting up an Ansible playbook to set up a couple servers. There are a couple of tasks that I only want to run if the current host is my local dev host, named "local" in my hosts file. How can I do this? I can't find it anywhere in the documentation.

I've tried this when statement, but it fails because ansible_hostname resolves to the host name generated when the machine is created, not the one you define in your hosts file.

- name: Install this only for local dev machine
  pip: name=pyramid
  when: ansible_hostname == "local"

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    The necessary variable is inventory_hostname.

    - name: Install this only for local dev machine
      pip: name=pyramid
      when: inventory_hostname == "local"
    

    It is somewhat hidden in the documentation at the bottom of this section.


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    You can limit the scope of a playbook by changing the hosts header in its plays without relying on your special host label ‘local’ in your inventory. Localhost does not need a special line in inventories.

    - name: run on all except localhost
      hosts: all:!localhost
    

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    This is an alternative:

    - name: Install this only for local dev machine
      pip: name=pyramid
      delegate_to: localhost