What does the char: value mean in an error message

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    I am new to powershell and I have been doing some tutorials and when I get an error message I understand what the :line 23 meand but I am not sure what the :char value represents. I assume it is character in that line but I wanted to be sure. Can anyone offer insight on how I can use these values to better locate the problem in my code. I would appreciate any help on this I can get.

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    That is correct, it is the index of the character on that line.

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    Yes and yo can get all the details of the error from the $Error automatic variable.
    $Error is an array, so the last error will be in $Error[0].

    You can explore $Error[0], it will have lot of information about the error.
    eg:-

    $Error[0].InvocationInfo
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    Thanks for the info. In my troubleshooting of things I have found the line number to be helpful but the char value seems arbitrary and doesn't really point to the problem on that line, unless, of course I am not understanding how to use that value to find the issue.

    Thanks for the info on the $Error[] array.

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