Have you ever had an XML file that looks like crap?
The problem is that XML is sorta the data encoding equivalent of Shimmer – sometimes its an encoding for programs and sometimes its an encoding for users.
Our PowerShell MVP Brandon Shell pointed out that the output of Export-CLIXML looked like cra…. errrrrr …. well let’s just say that was “programmer oriented”. 🙂
Its true, we were thinking about programs consuming our XML not users. You’ll find lots of XML like that in the world (one reason is that it saves a ton of space by eliminating whitespaces).
So if you ever have a file like that and want to be able to read it, you’ll want FORMAT-XML:
function Format-XML ([xml]$xml, $indent=2)
$StringWriter = New-Object System.IO.StringWriter
$XmlWriter = New-Object System.XMl.XmlTextWriter $StringWriter
$xmlWriter.Formatting = “indented”
$xmlWriter.Indentation = $Indent
Use it like this:
PS> Format-XML ([xml](cat c:\ps\r_and_j.xml)) -indent 4
Lee Holmes points out that page 153 of his CookBook has an even simpler example:
gps powershell | Export-CliXml c:\temp\powershell.xml
$xml = [xml] (gc c:\temp\powershell.xml)
Nicely done Lee!
Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows Management Partner Architect
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