Why does a call to a module within a foreach loop seem to run separately while the next command in the script continues to run? RRS feed

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  • This short script will output all $place values before any Instances are printed in the console from the previous command.

    Import-Module AWSPowerShell

    $allregions = (Get-EC2Region).RegionName
    foreach ($place in $allregions){
       (Get-EC2Instance -Region $place).Instances
        write-host $place

    • Changed type jrv Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:47 PM It became a discussion
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:18 PM

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  • Write-Host writes directly to the console and NOT to the pipeline.  Console output always comes out first.

    This is normal behavior and cannot be changed. 

    This will work:

    $allregions = (Get-EC2Region).RegionName
    foreach ($place in $allregions) {
            Place = $place
            Instances = (Get-EC2Instance -Region $place).Instances

    Or this:

    $allregions = (Get-EC2Region).RegionName
    foreach ($place in $allregions) {
        (Get-EC2Instance -Region $place).Instances
        Write-Output $place


    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:33 PM
  • To quote Don Jones, "Every time you use Write-Host, God kills a puppy."

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE&I, Exchange Ex-MVP (16 years)

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:25 PM
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    Just do it.

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 9:09 AM
  • @jsnover
    "With PowerShell v5 Write-Host no longer "kills puppies". data is captured into info stream"

    12:49 PM · May 4, 2016


    PS C:\Users\js2010> write-host hi 6>info
    PS C:\Users\js2010> cat info

    • Edited by JS2010 Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:47 PM
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:29 PM
  • Well, I'll be darned!

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE&I, Exchange Ex-MVP (16 years)

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:48 PM
  • Well, I'll be darned!

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE&I, Exchange Ex-MVP (16 years)

    It still does not change the behavior of Write-Host in a pipeline.  It does when interleaving Write-Host between a list of commands.  The cosole will still get the output from write-host before any aggregate  pipeline output.

    The big plus is that we can redirect Write-Host to a file which was never available before WMF 5.

    I always read release notes carefully.  In this case I skipped the WMF 5 release notes and only read the WMF 5.1 release notes which did not have this info. 

    ALWAYS read all of the release nots.  I am going to print a big sign to remind myself of this and post it on the wall in front of me.  It is interesting that one of the few times I didn't read the notes I missed some really good changes.  Makes me feel like a newbie.


    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:04 PM
  • I dunno. It looks like it puts stuff in the expected order in this (very simple) example:

    1..5 | ForEach {$_ ; Write-Host $_ -ForegroundColor Red; "-----"}

    And in this one, too (outside a loop):

    Write-Host 1 -ForegroundColor Red
    Write-Host 2 -ForegroundColor Red
    Write-Host 3 -ForegroundColor Red

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE&I, Exchange Ex-MVP (16 years)

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:34 PM
  • Depends on the CmdLets used in the pipeline.  Remoting CmdLets misbehave to most.  Azure CmdLets are particularly an issue.


    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:42 PM
  • Such as this one:

     1..5 | ForEach {$_ ; Write-Host $_ -ForegroundColor Red; "-----"} | sort

    Any CmdLet that uses aggregation or any CmdLet that remotes using a call back in any layer will not produce ordered output.  This is not bad but it will confuse many.  It is a residue of the concept of a pipelined system.

    It would be nice to add a "task" based pipeline to PowerShell.  This could be used to allow forcing of correctly interleaved console output.


    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:46 PM