Trap and Try/Catch

by Sep 14, 2009

Trap, which has been around since PowerShell v.1, is designed to catch errors and works like this:

trap {
Write-Host -foregroundcolor Yellow `
"Something terrible happened: $($_.Exception.Message)" continue

& {
dir nonexistent: -ErrorAction Stop
# any additional lines in this scope will be ignored

"I am back!"

Try/Catch is new in PowerShell v.2 and does not work as a general error handler in a given scope. Instead, you can use it to wrap statements you know could fail:

try {
dir nonexistent: -errorAction Stop
catch {
"Something strange occurred: $_"

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