Ansible copy module: src (or content) is required

In case your ansible task looks like this:

- name: Copy WebGUI TLS private key
  copy:
      src: "{{ syncthing_gui_tls_private_path }}"
      dest: "/home/{{ syncthing_user }}/.config/syncthing/https-key.pem"
      owner: "{{ syncthing_user }}"
      group: "{{ syncthing_group }}"
      remote_src: true
      mode: "0600"
  notify: Restart syncthing

but produces this message:

fatal: [yourhost]: FAILED! => {“changed”: false, “msg”: “src (or content) is required”}

Don’t get crazy! I know you used the copy module thousands of times just like me. Check the following:

  1. Make sure you wrote src instead of scr
  2. Make sure your variable is populated! In my case mine was just empty:

syncthing_gui_tls_private_path:

After adding the path it was working again. Seems like empty variables are not passed to the module triggering that error. Took me 20 minutes until I figured it out.


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