The debops env command

The debops env command can be used to inspect the environment variables defined in DebOps runtime environment. It can also execute external commands within that environment, similarly to the env(1) command.

debops env

Without additional arguments, it will display the variables which will be present at runtime in the process environment. Any arguments that are unknown to the subcommand will be treated as an external command to execute within the DebOps project environment. This might be useful to run various Ansible commands with a proper $ANSIBLE_CONFIG environment variable and other variables defined by the user.

If a project directory contains encrypted secrets, they will be automatically unlocked before executing the external command and locked afterwards if necessary.


-h, --help

Display the help and usage information

--project-dir <project_dir>

Path to the project directory to work on. If it's not specified, the script will use the current directory.

-V <view>, --view <view>

Specify the name of the "infrastructure view" to use for executing commands. If not specified, the default view will be used automatically. Using this option overrides the automatic view detection performed by DebOps based on the current working directory.

--scope full|local

Specify if only the variables defined by DebOps should be displayed (local, default), or all variables present in the runtime environment (full).

-v, --verbose

Increase output verbosity. More letters means higher verbosity.

command args

Specify a command to execute inside of the DebOps project environment, with all variables set at runtime. Any arguments specified after the command will be passed along as that command's arguments.


Show environment variables defined by DebOps:

debops env

Show all environment variables defined at DebOps runtime:

debops env --scope full

Parse Ansible inventory and output its structure in a JSON format:

debops env ansible-inventory --list | jq .

Parse Ansible inventory using non-default "infrastructure view":

debops env -V deployment ansible-inventory --list

List Ansible collections accessible in the DebOps project directory:

debops env ansible-galaxy collection list

Run a shell command within the scope of the DebOps project:

debops env ansible-navigator

Environment files

DebOps scripts support multiple configuration files which can be used to affect its execution environment:

  • /etc/default/debops (per-system environment)

  • $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/debops/environment (per-user environment)

  • <project directory>/.debops/environment (per-project environment)

  • <project directory>/.env (per-project environment ignored by version control)

To see the list of the environment files used for configuration, you can run the command:

debops config list

You can use these files to store environment variables which are then added to the runtime environment of the debops subcommands and processes executed through them. One of the more important variables is $ANSIBLE_CONFIG which specifies the path to the ansible.cfg configuration file. This variable is generated dynamically by DebOps based on the current project and view directories, and cannot be overridden from the configuration files.

Environment files are compatible with the python-dotenv project. Each environment variable is specified as:


Empty lines and lines starting with the # character are ignored.