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Problem when program is run from EXE vs IDE

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:10 am
by kdwisdom
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Product: PowerShell Studio 2019 (64 Bit)
Build: v5.6.164
OS: Windows 10 Enterprise (64 Bit)
Build: v10.0.17134.0

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  1.         $GROUPS = Get-ADPrincipalGroupMembership $adUser | select name, @{ name = "Desc1"; expression = { (get-adgroup -filter { name -eq $ } -Properties description).description } } | sort name | ft -AutoSize
  3.         $copyMe = $GROUPS | FT | Out-String
  5.         Set-Clipboard -Value $copyMe
I have a form in my program that will copy all AD groups with their descriptions to the clipboard.

When I launch this from the IDE, it copies perfectly. Has the group names and group descriptions like this:
  1. name                                           Desc1                          
  3. ----                                           -----                          
  5. Domain Users                                   All domain users  
When I launch it from the EXE I built, it does this:
IdentityAccessManagement FA-RW \\fileserver\IT FileShare\W...

See the "..." -- It truncates the description.

Why would it do this from the EXE (I freshly built it and ran the new EXE build) but not when I press "Run" in the IDE?

Thanks for your help!

Re: Problem when program is run from EXE vs IDE

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:41 am
by Alexander Riedel
Format-table is a tricky cmdlet. It uses the console width to determine sizes. Since the output in the IDE is piped into a window we artificially set that to "very wide" (I do not know the exact width now).
In an exe, assuming it is packaged as a console app, it uses the console width. In an exe packaged as a form, well, there is no console, so it uses the default 80 I would guess.
You can try something like described here: ... nd-buffer/

But generally I would just write code to format the table to your specifications rather than hoping to coax PowerShell to do it for you.

Re: Problem when program is run from EXE vs IDE

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:51 am
by kdwisdom
That resolved my issue, thanks!