Ansible: how to construct a variable from another variable and then fetch it’s value

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Here is my problem I need to use one variable 'target_host' and then append '_host' to it's value to get another variable name whose value I need.
If you look at my playbook. Task nbr 1,2,3 fetch the value of variable however nbr 4 is not able to do what I expect. Is there any other way to achieve the same in ansible?

   ---
    - name: "Play to for dynamic groups"
      hosts: local 
      vars:
        - target_host: smtp
        - smtp_host: smtp.max.com
      tasks:
        - name: testing
          debug: msg={{ target_host }}
        - name: testing
          debug: msg={{ smtp_host }}
        - name: testing
          debug: msg={{ target_host }}_host
        - name: testing
          debug: msg={{ {{ target_host }}_host }}


Output:

TASK: [testing] *************************************************************** 
ok: [127.0.0.1] => {
    "msg": "smtp"
}

TASK: [testing] *************************************************************** 
ok: [127.0.0.1] => {
    "msg": "smtp.max.com"
}

TASK: [testing] *************************************************************** 
ok: [127.0.0.1] => {
    "msg": "smtp_host"
}

TASK: [testing] *************************************************************** 
ok: [127.0.0.1] => {
    "msg": "{{{{target_host}}_host}}"
}

Best Answer

If you have a variable like

vars: myvar: xxx xxx_var: anothervalue

the working Ansible syntax:

- debug: msg={{ vars[myvar + '_var'] }}

will give you the analogue of:

- debug: msg={{ xxx_var }}