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September 24, 2016 at 12:15 am


I am trying to append the error produced by the erroneous directory path. I am wondering why it is not adding into the error log?

$tested = 'c:\testswtgreg', 'c:\sadfdsafsafsagsa'
try {
    Get-ChildItem $tested | foreach-object { Remove-item $_ -Recurse -Force -ErrorVariable myerr -ErrorAction Stop }
} catch {
    $myerr | Out-File c:\temp\error.txt -Append

September 24, 2016 at 1:30 am

i know why,

Ihad trhe error variable stop at the wrong place.

The catch in that block is actually referencing Get-ChildItem $tested

so it really should be Get-ChildItem $tested -ErrorAction Stop -ErrorVariable myerr

September 24, 2016 at 1:39 am

Hi Wei,
You only have the -ErrorAction Stop on the Remove-item, but the script is actually erring on Get-ChiltItem, not Remove-item.

Add -ErrorAction Stop to your Get-ChildItem.

Also, you don't have to specify the ErrorVariable, you can use $_ to get the current error.

$tested = 'c:\testswtgreg', 'c:\sadfdsafsafsagsa'
try {
    Get-ChildItem $tested -ErrorAction Stop | foreach-object { Remove-item $_ -Recurse -Force -ErrorAction Stop }
} catch {

September 24, 2016 at 1:41 am

Hey Wei,
Good job debugging it while I was replying. 🙂

September 24, 2016 at 1:46 am

Thanks for the last bit. Thats exactly what i need. Because I need to append detailed information to the log.

I am presuming then in this line:

Remove-item $_ -Recurse -Force -ErrorAction Stop

I can create its own block and add the details in that one too?

Thanks for this. What I have been trying to work on for a while can finally be finished.

September 24, 2016 at 1:52 am

That is correct if either one of those those a terminating error, which is what will happen with -ErrorAction Stop, then they get sent to the catch block which will work with the current error whether it was on Get-ChildItem or Remove-Item.