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Write-Host -NoNewLine and Transcription

Starting with WMF 5.0 the -NoNewLine option for Write-Host is essentially ignored in the transcripts created using Start-Transcript.

Simple example script:

Start-Transcript log.txt
Write-Host -NoNewLine "this should all"
Write-Host -NoNewLine "be on one line"
Write-Host -NoNewLine "in the log.txt file"

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This behavior has broken several of our scripts and cost us hours trying to come up with new ways to capture the needed data.

  • Sree Prakash A/L Baskaran commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Does not work for me. My Powershell version is 5.1.16299.251

    Below is my log:

    Windows PowerShell transcript start
    Start time: 20180424123603
    Username: DESKTOP-1EGI5MF\Lenovo
    RunAs User: DESKTOP-1EGI5MF\Lenovo
    Configuration Name:
    Machine: DESKTOP-1EGI5MF (Microsoft Windows NT 10.0.16299.0)
    Host Application: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe
    Process ID: 10304
    PSVersion: 5.1.16299.251
    PSEdition: Desktop
    PSCompatibleVersions: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 5.1.16299.251
    BuildVersion: 10.0.16299.251
    CLRVersion: 4.0.30319.42000
    WSManStackVersion: 3.0
    PSRemotingProtocolVersion: 2.3
    Transcript started, output file is log.txt
    this should all
    be on one line
    in the log.txt file
    Windows PowerShell transcript end
    End time: 20180424123603

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