For one project I need to insert the content of a local file into another file on the remote system, and the first file happens to be JSON. The JSON file is in compact format (
jq --compact-output) and is supposed to stay this way. When Ansible reads the content of the file, it determines that the content is JSON, and parses the content into the variable - and along the way is uncompressing the format. Not what I want.
To keep the file content as string, it is necessary to tell Ansible to handle this as string.
Reading the file:
When writing the file on the remote host (simplified):
The usage of the
string filter avoids parsing the content as JSON.