The help for about_provider mentions that we can run get-help to get more info about a specific provider.
For example, get-help certificate.
However, when I run get-help for any provider listed under get-psprovider, I do not get any results.
Why is that?
Even when I run get-help -category Provider, I get an error message indicateing that get-help could not find the provider, in this case filesystem, in a help file.
I have run update-help to troubleshoot.
Here's the output I get when running get-help filesystem:
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> get-help filesystem
I can duplicate what you are seeing on the certificate provider has a help file response from get-help
but the providers do have help files and this command will give you the info
Get-PSProvider|select Name, HelpFile
The files will be in C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\en-US
Wait, I actually searched the System.Management.Automation.dll-Help.xml and some of the providers like filesystem do not have topics. It looks like you may have to fall back the the msdn documentation https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.powershell.commands.filesystemprovider(v=vs.85).aspx
What version of PowerShell are you running and what version of Windows.
I'm using Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14332 and the provider help works as I would expect
PS> get-help -Category Provider Name Category Module Synopsis ---- -------- ------ -------- Registry Provider Microsoft.PowerShell.Core Provides access to the syste... Alias Provider Microsoft.PowerShell.Core Provides access to the Windo... Environment Provider Microsoft.PowerShell.Core Provides access to the Windo... FileSystem Provider Microsoft.PowerShell.Core Provides access to files and... Function Provider Microsoft.PowerShell.Core Provides access to the funct... Variable Provider Microsoft.PowerShell.Core Provides access to the Windo... Certificate Provider Provides access to X.509 cer...
I am duplicating the issue on Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview build 14295
I'm able to reproduce the issue across 1511, 14295, and 14332.
The 1511 build is on my host OS and the 14295 and 14332 builds are from a VM.
How did you search for the help file XML for the provider topic? This is the first time I've laid eyes on this XML.
The help topic does have information about the certificate and environment providers, but it does not have information about the other providers, such as registry, alias, function, and variable.
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