"Type information" when exporting or converting to CSV

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  • #52361

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    By default, Export-CSV and ConvertTo-CSV prepend type information to the result. "Information" in this case meaning just the name.

    Is this useful for anything? Does anyone use it? Does anyone intentionally not use -NoTypeInformation ?

  • #52365

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    When you import a CSV with type information, it gets injected into PSTypeNames. That's about it. I don't use it.

  • #52372

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    What Dave said. It's mainly used for deserialization, to provide a more consistent pipeline behavior. There's some ETS tie-in as well, although I don't think I've ever seen an example of that being actually practical or beneficial.

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