Select-string, regex for stuff in quotes, tostring?

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    by BustedFlush at 2013-03-28 14:06:58

    Hey, I have a log file with bunches of server and folder names, amongst stuff I don't need. Both of the items I need are in quotes. Ideally all I want are the server and folder names.

    $a = get-content log1.txt
    $regex = '\".*\"'
    $lines = $a | Select-String -pattern $regex

    This works fine, and I get all of the lines:
    Target Server="SERVER7" Folder="DFSRoot$\ABC"
    Target Server="SERVER8" Folder="DFSRoot$\DEF"
    Target Server="SERVER9" Folder="DFSRoot$\GHI"

    But attempting any further string manipulation fails, propblaly because they aren't string objects, but [Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.MatchInfo] which 'doesn't contain a method named 'split"

    So I tried something like foreach ($line in $lines){

    But the .ToString() method doesn't seem to work; I still get 'Method invocation failed because [Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.MatchInfo] doesn't contain a method named 'Split'.'

    Not sure what I am doing wrong?

    by mjolinor at 2013-03-28 15:46:23

    Those matchinfo objects have a Line property that contains the text of the matched line, so:

    $a = get-content log1.txt
    $regex = '\".*\"'
    $lines = $a | Select-String -pattern $regex | select -ExpandProperty Line

    That being said, if you don't need anything but the matched text, you can do that much easier with just the -match operator:

    $regex = '\".*\"'
    $lines = (Get-Content log1.txt) -match $regex

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