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Forcing A Non-Terminating Error To Be Displayed In PowerShell

In full disclosure, this post contains information that a user experience expert might frown at. I’m not really sure, since I’m not a user experience expert. I do know a lot about PowerShell, however, and that’s really what this post is about.

Say you have users of your scripts and modules who might have theirĀ $ErrorActionPreference set to SilentlyContinue or maybe you know for a fact that your code explicitly sets it that way. That’s probably another thing that will make the user experience pros mad but here you are anyway. Let’s just say that your stakeholders FORCED you to do it. What happens if you absolutely need to, have to, must display a non-terminating error, such as those you create with Write-Error? Here’s one option.

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