PowerTip: Examine the Most Recent PowerShell Error


Summary: Learn how to examine the most recent error in Windows PowerShell.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question My Windows PowerShell command failed with an error. How can I look at the error record?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Use the $error automatic variable to it displays the last error.
          You can see more details by piping it to the Format-List cmdlet and using –Force:

$error | Format-List * -Force

Comments (1)

  1. Greg Wojan says:

    Actually, you want:

    $error[0] | Format-List * -Force

    $Error returns the entire array…

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