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PowerShell Community Extensions

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PowerShell Community Extensions (PSCX) is aimed at providing a widely useful set of additional cmdlets, providers, aliases, filters, functions and scripts for Windows PowerShell that members of the community have expressed interest in.

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    $packageName = 'pscx'
    $installerType = 'msi'
    $url = 'https://pscx.codeplex.com/downloads/get/923562'
    $silentArgs = '/quiet'
    $validExitCodes = @(0)
    
    Install-ChocolateyPackage "$packageName" "$installerType" "$silentArgs" "$url" -validExitCodes $validExitCodes

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PowerShell Community Extensions Release Notes

The focus of this drop is to fix some bugs and better support the
September WMF 5.0 preview.

What's New in PSCX 3.2.0
October 23, 2014

  • New Edit-File cmdlet that edits a file in-place using regular expressions
    and corresponding replacement strings. The cmdlet attempts to determine
    the original encoding of the file and preserve that encoding.

  • Fixed issue with the nested FileSystem module. It's format data had to be
    updated to handle wider column output from Get-ChildItem now that WMF 5.0
    supports creating symbolic links, hard links, etc.

  • Import-VisualStudioVars has been updated to handle VS 14 CTP by allowing you
    to specify version number 140. This should work with future versions of VS.

  • The [hex] accelerator type was added in a previous release but was not
    added to PowerShell's type accelerators. The accelerator is now loaded
    by the Pscx.Utility nested module. You can now convert a decimal number
    to hex easily e.g. [hex]32 gives 0x20.

  • Read-Archive has been changed to output individual ArchiveEntry objects
    instead of a single collection object. This allows you to filter which
    items are extracted e.g.:

    Read-Archive foo.zip | Where Name -match .txt | Expand-Archive -Out c:\temp

  • Expand-Archive now implements the PassThru parameter allowing functionality
    such as:

    Expand-Archive foo.zip -Output c:\temp -PassThru | Move-Item -Dest c:\done

  • Fixed documentation bug with Set-LocationEx. CD_EchoNewLocation was
    incorrectly specified as CD/EchoNewLocation.

  • Changed the default value of CD_EchoNewLocation to False as the use of
    Write-Host to display the new CD location offends some folks. You can
    turn it back by putting this in your profile (or set the value in your
    Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1 file):

    $Pscx:Preferences.CD_EchoNewLocation = $true

  • Fixed issue 35430 - Invoke-BatchFile messes up encoding on non-English
    systems.

  • Fixed issue 355537 - Default format information missing for
    Pscx.Commands.Modules.Utility.ExecutionTimeInfo.

  • Issues 35314 and 35256 indicate some bugs with the Get-Help proxy
    command. For now, we will not automticallly load this nested module.
    You can enable if you want by editing the Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1
    file and setting ModulesToImport -> GetHelp to $true.

3.1.0 Release Notes:
October 18, 2013

  • PowerShell version checking bug fixed with WMI nested module.
  • Import-VisualStudioVars updated to add VS2013 support.
  • Get-Parameter updated to version 2.8 from PoshCode.org.
  • Get-FileTail updated to open file FileShare.Delete perm to allow the file
  • to be deleted while being tailed.
  • Invoke-Ternary / Invoke-NullCoalescing fixed to be able to access variables
  • in intermediate scopes.
  • New-Junction/Symlink/Hardlink - moved PSPath parameter alias from
  • LiteralPath parameter to TargetPath parameter. Path passed to
  • LiteralPath can't exist so makes more sense for pipeline binding
  • DirectoryInfo objects to TargetPath. You can now do
  • Get-Item .\foodir | New-Junction foodirJunction.
  • Updated DigiCert digital certificates used for script and MSI signing.

The primary purpose of the Pscx 3.1 release is to fully support Windows
PowerShell V3 and V4. This version of Pscx is compiled against .NET 4.0 and
takes advantage of PowerShell V3 specific features. This version of
Pscx WILL NOT RUN on PowerShell V2.

If you need Pscx support for PowerShell V2, please download the latest
Pscx 2.1 version from http://pscx.codeplex.com.

If you need support for Windows PowerShell 1.0, you can still download the
Pscx 1.2 release.

WINDOWS INSTALLER

While xcopy deployment works great for some folks, other prefer the
convenience of a traditional Windows Installer. Furthermore, xcopy
ZIP packages downloaded from the PSCX CodePlex site have proven
troublesome because many users forget to unblock the ZIP file before
extracting the contents.

Pscx 3.1 is now provided in an Authenticode signed MSI file.
Note: the WIX-based installer prepends the Pscx installation dir to the
PSModulePath environment variable. This is required so that you can specify
just the module name 'Pscx' when doing an Import-Module instead of having
to specify a full path to the Pscx.psd1 file. However, the WIX-based installer
isn't always successful in propagating the environment variable change. In
this case, you can reboot the PC or load Pscx by the full path until your
next reboot.

CODE SIGNED SCRIPTS

All of the Pscx scripts including *.ps1, *.psm1 and *.ps1xml files have been
code signed for both the 2.1 and 3.1 releases. This means that you will be
able to run Pscx in a PowerShell session where ExecutionPolicy is set to
AllSigned. You will be prompted to confirm if you want to run code from
the untrusted publisher 6L6 Software LLC. If you answer 'A' to always
run code from this publisher, you will not get prompted again for the
execution of Pscx scripts.

UPGRADING FROM EARLIER VERSIONS OF PSCX

Pscx 3.1 does not automatically upgrade Pscx 2.1. In fact, these two versions
of Pscx can live side-by-side. NOTE: If you install Pscx 2.1 and 3.1 side-by-side,
you will have to use the -RequiredVersion parameter on Import-Module in order to
load Pscx 3.1. By default, PowerShell searches modules in the order specified by
the environment variable PSModuleLoadPath. PowerShell automatically prepends the
user's $home\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules dir to this path so PowerShell
will load Pscx 2.1, assuming you extracted it to your user Modules folder. In
order to load Pscx 3.1 execute:

C:\PS> Import-Module Pscx -RequiredVersion 3.0.0.0

IMPORTING THE PSCX MODULE

Importing the Pscx module is very easy. Just execute:

C:\PS> Import-Module Pscx

If you want to import Pscx in your profile, all you have to do is add the
command above to your profile. Pscx can be customized in terms of
preference variables and what nested modules are automatically loaded. In the
root dir of the Pscx module there is a file named Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1.
It shows the default values for the preference variable and which nested
modules are loaded by default. If you want to change any of these, copy this
file to your WindowsPowerShell dir or your home dir, edit it and then pass
the path to this modified Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1 file to Import-Module e.g.:

C:\PS> Import-Module Pscx -arg ~\Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1

Pscx will now be imported with your preferences.

3.0.0.0 Release Notes:

NEW CMDLETS
ConvertTo-Metric
Get-AlternateDataStream
Test-AlternateDataStream
Remove-AlternateDataStream
Unblock-File
Get-LoremIpsum (lorem)
Get-TypeName (gtn)
Get-Uptime
Get-FileTail (tail) - renamed Tail-File to use approved verb
Receive-MSMQueue - renamed from Receive-MSMQMessage
Send-MSMQueue - renamed from Send-MSMQMessage
Set-BitmapSize - renamed from Resize-Bitmap
Test-Script

NEW FUNCTIONS
Get-ExecutionTime
Get-Parameter
Import-VisualStudioVars
Start-PowerShell

UPDATED AND SHORTENED LIST OF ALIASES
?: Invoke-Ternary
?? Invoke-NullCoalescing
call Invoke-Method
cvxml Convert-Xml
e Edit-File
ehp Edit-HostProfile
ep Edit-Profile
fhex Format-Hex
fxml Format-Xml
gcb Get-Clipboard
gpar Get-Parameter
gtn Get-TypeName
igc Invoke-GC
ln New-HardLink
lorem Get-LoremIpsum
nho New-HashObject
ocb Out-Clipboard
ql QuoteList
qs QuoteString
Resize-Bitmap Set-BitmapSize
rver Resolve-ErrorRecord
rvhr Resolve-HResult
rvwer Resolve-WindowsError
skip Skip-Object
sro Set-ReadOnly
su Invoke-Elevated
swr Set-Writable
tail Get-FileTail
touch Set-FileTime

REMOVED:
Unblock-File, Get-AlternateDataStream, Remove-AlternateDataStream,
These cmdlets have been moved to the Pscx.Deprecated module.
If you require the Pscx versions instead of the ones now built-in
PowerShell, import the Pscx.Deprecated module.

Get-ChildItem - Removed proxy. Use new -Attribute parameter on
built-in Get-ChildItem cmdlet.

Get-PropertyValue - Use % <property-name> instead

Invoke-Reflector

Obsoleted Aliases
gpv, rf, srts, sls (created by PowerShell v3)

MISC UPDATES:

Accelerators
Pscx adds two new accelarators [wmidatetime] and [wmitimespan] which
can be used to convert .NET DateTime and TimeSpan values into their
WMI equivalents e.g.:

C:\PS> wmidatetime
20100411113710.551365-360

C:\PS> [wmitimespan]((get-date) - (get-date).AddHours(-1))
00000000010000.000000:000

Note that converting from a WMI datetime or WMI timespan to the .NET
equivalent can be accomplished by simply type casting e.g.:

C:\PS> [datetime]'20100409131034.881722-360'
Friday, April 09, 2010 1:10:34 PM

You can also use [accelerators] as a shortcut to find all the
accelerators available in PowerShell e.g.:

C:\PS> [accelerators]::get

Key Value
--- -----
int System.Int32
long System.Int64
string System.String
char System.Char
bool System.Boolean
byte System.Byte
double System.Double
...
wmidatetime Pscx.TypeAccelerators.WmiDateTime
wmitimespan Pscx.TypeAccelerators.WmiTimeSpan

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