If Else not working as expected

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  • #98673

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    Hi Team,
    I posted the same post 40 min ago, still its not showing so posted it again. If you found the previous post, you can ignore ny one.

    I am going to post an if else issue that I can't identify why this is happen.
    Source File
    Code that I write

    $tar1=(Select-String -Pattern accounts -Path C:\type.txt).line
    if ($tar1::isemptyornull) {

    'Err.. Required data not found'

    } else {

    $targ1=(Select-String -Pattern accounts, performing, "done test list operation" -Path C:\type.txt).line.trim()


    "Following is the value"

    Please note, above quote is a part of main script, only this part is not working as expected.

    The Story
    From the attached link, you will get a file having some text. I want to pickup only specific text from that file, which is
    "accounts". So I write the script like that. The file is located at C drive of my system. You can modify the codes as per your requirement.

    Case 1: I want, if the string ("accounts") available, then the line will be captured along with 2 more pattern(defined under else) and will be stored on $tar1 through $targ1.

    Case 2: If the string will no be available then $tar1 will hold the pre defined value 'Err.. Required data not found'.

    Problem: If accounts string exists, then it works perfectly. But if you remove the accounts string from the source file, Its not
    working as defined. Yes, if you add -not switch
    if (-not $tar1::isemptyornull) then it works again.

    Can you please guide me, what is the issue.


  • #98680

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    I think you mean this (static method of string type)?

    if ( [string]::IsNullOrEmpty($tar1) ) { 

    although this should work:

    if ( ! $tar1 ) {   # EDIT
  • #98686

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    Yep, that's it. The :: operator is only valid with static classes and methods, so you can only call them from the type accelerator themselves. However, if you want the ::IsNullOrEmpty() effect with that syntax, you should use:

    if (-not $string) {}

    To clarify the alternative js mentions, both $null and "" (empty string) values will be automatically converted to the boolean value false, which you can see if you do so manually:


    This allows you to effectively perform the "null or empty" check without bothering to invoke a specific method. I find it helps me make sense of that if statement if I think of it as more or a "if anything is in this string/variable".

    However if there is a possibility that there might be empty space in the string (i.e., it's " " instead of "") then this will fail, because although a space looks empty, it's still a character and thus the string is not empty. To cover those situations, you can also perform a check like this:

    if (-not $string -or $string -match "^\s+$") {}

    That will give the $true response if the string is either null, empty, or contains nothing but spaces.

  • #98691

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    Great... Thanks guys.. You all are genius.. Thanks a lot..

    JS correction and Joel's explanations help me to understand. Hats off to you guys..
    Finally did this, and it worked...

    $tar1=(Select-String -Pattern accounts -Path C:\type.txt).line
    if (-not $tar1) {

    $tar1= 'Err.. Service Account Issue, Unable to perform Target Connectivity Test'

    } else {

    $tar1=(Select-String -Pattern accounts, performing, "done test list operation" -Path C:\type.txt).line.trim()


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