How to move/rename a file using an Ansible task on a remote system

Question:

How is it possible to move/rename a file/directory using an Ansible module on a remote system? I don’t want to use the command/shell tasks and I don’t want to copy the file from the local system to the remote system.

Answer:

The file module doesn’t copy files on the remote system. The src parameter is only used by the file module when creating a symlink to a file.

If you want to move/rename a file entirely on a remote system then your best bet is to use the command module to just invoke the appropriate command:

If you want to get fancy then you could first use the stat module to check that foo actually exists:

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