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  1. ERROR: Select-Object with -First parameter populates -ErrorVariable even if there was no error

    If you run: 1..2 | select -ErrorVariable a
    then $a is empty - OK.

    If you run: 1..2 | select -First 2 -ErrorVariable a
    then in $a is "System error"

    2 votes
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  2. Private methods in powershell class's don't work

    For reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/wmf/5.0/class_newtype#methods

    Creating private methods following the documentation does not work. To reproduce follow the following steps:


    • Open Powershell or the ISE

    • Copy the code from microsoft documentation

    • if ISE: The interface will alarm indicating problems

    • Execute documented test code

    • Observe several errors complaining about code syntax and missing brackets.

    You can also repro by adding the private designation to any working method of an existing class and it will bomb.

    2 votes
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  3. SMTPEventConsumer doesnt format message body properly

    I found a bug in PS 4.0 when working with SMTPEventConsumers. The bug I found truncated the string used for the "Message" property of the SMTPEventConsumer. The code truncated anything after the first 16 characters. It didn't matter what I used for an escape sequence, formatted as here string, nothing worked. I ran the exact same code on a PS 5.1 host and the SMTP message was formatted exactly as expected. For more indepth info I have included a link to the thread I started on TechNet for this issue.

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/62c4552b-b5e8-4bf3-ac74-6c5f1668af9f/issues-properly-formatting-smtpeventconsumer-message-body-in-powershell?forum=ITCG

    1 vote
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  4. Transfer $DebugPreference and $VerbosePreference to New-PSSession

    I want a PSSessionOption that says to transfer over common applicable session level variables over to the remote session, specifically $DebugPreference and $VerbosePreference.
    $DebugPreference = 'continue'
    $PSSession = New-PSSession -ComputerName 'localhost'
    Write-Debug $DebugPreference # Writes 'continue'
    Invoke-Command -ScriptBlock {Write-Debug $DebugPreference} -Session $PSSession # Writes nothing

    1 vote
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  5. Inconsistent Array Initialization Behaviour

    Creating an array of arrays as below works well:

    $myArray = @(
    
    @(1,2,3),
    @(4,5,6)
    )
    $myArray[0] #outputs 1, 2, 3
    $myArray[1] #outputs 4, 5, 6

    $myBuggyArray = @(
    @(1,2,3)
    ,@(4,5,6)
    )
    $myBuggyArray[0] #outputs 1
    $myBuggyArray[3] #outputs 4, 5, 6

    I wouldn't expect the order of line break & comma to impact the behaviour of the command / can't find any documentation stating that it should.

    PSVersion: 5.1.14409.1012

    7 votes
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  6. Bug: -Exclude does not work as -Include does in Get-ChildItem, or as expected

    Three folders; d1, d2, d3, with files test.txt and test.mp3 in in d1 and d3.

    '-Include d1' includes only content from d1. Would expect '-Exclude d1' to include the inverse, but it has no effect, it returns all data.

    unless it's run after -Include.

    So '-Include d1 -Exclude d1' returns nothing, as expected.

    Exclude only works as it applies to a file name, not a path.

    So '-Exclude .txt' will exclude all files '.txt' as expected.

    The syntax usage in the help file is identical for both parameters.

    Please fix -Exclude parameter so that it works…

    3 votes
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  7. format-volume whatif

    format-volume with option -whatif not working. It's should "Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is NOT RUN."

    2 votes
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  8. copy-item progress

    Add an optional switch to show the progress of an ongoing copy operation. Could be useful for large operation. Basically replicate as much information as the Explorer does, without the performance graph.

    12 votes
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  9. Add 'StopExisting' as a valid argument for New-ScheduledSettingsSet -MultipleInstances

    Only Parallel, Queue, and IgnoreNew are supported right now. One would expect that the option available from the Task Scheduler GUI would be available in the powershell interface.

    Steps to reproduce

    $a = New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -MultipleInstances StopExisting

    Expected behavior

    The task's multiple instances policy is set to kill existing tasks before starting another instance.
    Actual behavior

    value "StopExisting" to type "Microsoft.PowerShell.Cmdletization.GeneratedTypes.ScheduledTask.MultipleInstancesEnum".
    Error: "Unable to match the identifier name StopExisting to a valid enumerator name. Specify one of the following
    enumerator names and try again:
    Parallel, Queue, IgnoreNew"
    At line:1 char:131
    + ... ngOnBatteries -ExecutionTimeLimit $b -MultipleInstances StopExisting
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo
    3 votes
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  10. Classes do not support data hiding.

    I am grateful for the addition of classes in PS, and I know why PowerShell classes do not support true data hiding, but it is a significant shortcoming. It does not allow full control of setting a property for example. I can write my own class method for setting it, but it can be changed outside of that method. And if that method also updates the value of another class property, it can get changed directly, without going through the desired logic so the class method can be bypassed.
    And it is nice to have the get and set automatically…

    2 votes
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  11. Remote powershell should not return error for FileSystem validation

    SCENARIO
    On Machine1:
    SCHTASKS /Create /RU SYSTEM /SC ONSTART /TN "Map I drive" /TR "net use I: \someServer\someShare somePassword /user:someDomain\someUser"

    On Machine2 run:
    $Script = { Write-Output "Hello world!" }
    Invoke-Command -ComputerName Machine1 -ScriptBlock $Script

    As a result you get "Hello world!" but also an error
    "Attempting to perform the InitializeDefaultDrives operation on the 'FileSystem' provider failed."

    The error belongs to I drive which should have been returned as a warning and not error. The invoke does not even use the I drive so why fail on it (we in this case dont even want the invoke to have access…

    2 votes
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  12. PowerShell StackOverFlowException: get-childitem -path HKLM:\ -recurse -include *Windows*

    PowerShell has a bug in it which causes a "StackOverFlowException" when running the following command:
    get-childitem -path HKLM:\ -recurse -include Windows

    It was originally reproduced while looking for something different than:
    Windows

    This is consistently reproducible in latest updates applied of Windows 10 x64 Business and Home, with both PowerShell.exe, and ISE, x86 and standard.

    $PSVersionTable.PSVersion

    Major Minor Build Revision


    5 1 16299 98

    2 votes
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  13. Move-Item's -Verbose causes $ErrorActionPreference to be ignored

    Move-Items's -Verbose parameter causes the global $ErrorActionPreference = "Stop" to be ignored. This is a bug. Here's a repro script:

    BugRepro.ps1:

    $ErrorActionPreference = "Stop"
    Write-Host "ErrorActionPreference is $ErrorActionPreference"
    mkdir folder -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Out-Null
    "" > a.txt
    Copy-Item a.txt folder
    Write-Host "About to trigger error"
    Move-Item a.txt folder -Verbose | Out-Null
    Write-Host "If you're reading this, then execution didn't stop!"
    Write-Host "Remove the Verbose paramter and it does stop, like it should."

    3 votes
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  14. Command line parsing bug: spaces and trailing slash

    There appears to be a bug parsing arguments to EXEs. If you pass a properly-quoted path that has spaces and a trailing slash, the rest of the command is lumped into the same argument. This also happens if you use a PowerShell variable to hold the path string.

    To repro, first, install EchoArgs.exe (if using chocolatey: cinst -y echoargs). It demonstrates what arguments would get passed to any exe.

    Then run:

    PS> & EchoArgs "C:\spaces and trailing slash" more args

    Echo args shows that it all got lumped into one argument:

    Arg 0 is <C:\spaces and trailing slash" more args>

    6 votes
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  15. [BUG] Drag and drop to scripts shortcuts split paths containing spaces

    Drag and dropping any file to a script shortcut split this path before passing the splitted strings as multiple parameters. Here's my detailed Issue Report :

    Steps to reproduce

    1 - Get any script, for example :
    [samplescript.psd1] :
    ```
    param([string]$path)

     Write-Host($path)
    
    pause


    or a simpler one-line sample:
    Write-Host($args);pause```

    2 - Create a shortcut that runs the script :
    [Shortcut Target ] : PowerShell &quot;path\to\our\samplescript.psd1&quot;

    3- Drag and drop a file containing spaces in its name to the shortcut
    [sample file ] : C:\Some file with spaces.txt

    Expected behavior

    Drag and dropping the file should pass its path to the…

    4 votes
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  16. Add ExportTo-Markdown

    Hi

    Using Markdown is common nowadays in VCS tools like Git for readme files.

    Plus it's handy to get a tabular strcture for better visibility.

    Example use cases:
    - Get-Process output comparison at different dates and time
    - SQL query results in tabular form with column names as headers

    So it'd be someInput|ExportTo-MarkDown

    2 votes
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  17. Out-DataTable

    Creates a DataTable based on an objects properties. Useful for converting any Powershell object into a DataTable which then can be bulk imported into a SQL Server table.

    .EXAMPLE
    $dt = Get-PSDrive | Out-DataTable
    This example creates a DataTable from the properties of Get-Alias and assigns output to $dt variable

    This idea comes from Chad Miller's Out-DataTable: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/4208a159-a52e-4b99-83d4-8048468d29dd#content

    200 votes
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    After much discussion with Aaron Nelson and Chrissy LeMaire, and thanks to the enormous amount of support for this item, we’ve recognized that this is something we need to accomplish, one way or another.

    We don’t want to offer an ETA on this as the work is not well understood by our team yet, and no one currently has immediate bandwidth on starting that investigation. But I want to stress the fact that is an important ask that we’re taking seriously as a priority.

    In the meantime, it would be immensely useful if someone with expertise in the DataTable space could submit an RFC (basically a brief spec) to our PowerShell-RFC repository on GitHub. That way, we can have a discussion about what the design of a ConvertTo-DataTable cmdlet might look like before we dive in on an implementation. The process for doing so is located here: https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell-RFC/blob/master/RFC0000-RFC-Process.md#draft

    I…

  18. 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"
    Stop-Transcript

    12 votes
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  19. Start-Process is behaving strange when -credential switch is used

    When running Start-Process start-process "C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -cred $(Get-Credential) regardless if the credentials differ from the current consoles credentials or the same credentials are used, the new console window seems to be unresponsive, until you switch back to the console from which the new console was launched and start typing something in that console.

    If the same thing is done in ISE, this issue does not occour.

    I have testet this on PS 5.1.14393.206, 5.1.14393.953 and 5.1.14393.693. Windows Server 2012R2, Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10

    Please see the issue in this video: https://goo.gl/8ZvdEV

    4 votes
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  20. Include UTC timestamp as property to error object

    It'd be very helpful to attach a timestamp of when an error occured to an error object. Open to ideas as to whether it should be UTC, local time, ntp, etc.

    6 votes
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