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True or False in PowerShell

Yesterday's post on PowerShell used a regular expression to find some files.

The example avoided negation in the where clause by matching strings that didn't have a particular pattern, using this regex:

"^[^\d\d -]"

Which would read something like "Match strings that don't have two digits followed by a space and a dash, at their start".

It would have been easier to match strings that do have that pattern and flip the where clause, with a regex that looks like this:

"^\d\d -"

And have a where clause like so

dir | where { $_.Name -match $re -eq $false }

Notice how we have to use $true and $false tokens - it took me a while to work that out!

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Josh Post By Josh Twist
2:14 PM
29 Jul 2007

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