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July 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm


I'm finding that, after working for a while in an ISE session, the contents of the output stream stop appearing in the output pane. No errors – just no output. "Write-Output 'test' " produces a blank line. How would I find out if some command / something I've executed has hijacked my output stream, and reset it to appear in the output pane?


July 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

I am sure you have tried other commands too right?

I would try:

 Write-Output "test" > C:\test\test.txt

or this:

Write-Host "test" -ForegroundColor Green

See if you get anything in the txt file.
By the way, the file doesn't have to exist, but the folder does.

July 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Thanks, i255d. Redirecting Write-Output to a file does result in the output correctly showing up in the file. Write-Host hasn't stopped working – Write-Error and Write-Warning work as well. It's just Write-Output content that doesn't appear and anything that uses that stream.

For example, Get-Help Invoke-Command returns an empty line.


July 23, 2015 at 7:08 am

Anyone seen this behavior at all?
It's very disruptive to my coding and I'd like to get it resolved.

August 3, 2015 at 9:49 am

I've seen this issue myself in recent weeks, on multiple machines. I may have narrowed it down, by chance are you using the PowerShell Transcription GPO? I turned it off on one of my machines, and the problem went away... I turned transcription back on last Friday, and the issue is back today.

August 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hi, Kwyjibo,

I'm not familiar with the Transcript GPO. I do make regular use of PS transcripts, though.


June 22, 2016 at 9:37 am

Anybody have the solution for this ?
Im having the same problem, Im using PowerShell ISE on Windows Server 2012 R2.

June 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm

No solution, yet, but a possible lead: it seems to happen most consistently in conjunction with executing a script that does a chef-client run from the command line. Like somehow that chef-client run hijacks the console output, so it's going somewhere other than the ISE.

November 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

I've got the same problem. I thought it might be a scope issue because I was testing on a Hyper-V host over RDP. And the script is stored on a file share. So I got on the console of the server (Server 2016), copied the script to the Desktop. Same results. I'm running the ISE as Administrator because I need to manipulate VMs.

The function in question is getting the correct values but I can't retrieve and Write-Output/Write-Host the values from outside function... I've tried 'Return $myvalue' and 'Set-Variable -Name myvalue -Value 'somevalue' -Scope Global' ... same results...


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