Invoke-Expression not keeping lines

Posted on 2013-11-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-18
I'm trying to get a command to run on one of our servers, and then deal with the output. Problem is that the output is being displayed on one line, and not separating out onto its separate lines:-
$cmd = "openfiles"
$cmdOutput = Invoke-Expression $cmd

write-host $cmdOutput

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Is it possible to somehow keep the lines instead of it all going onto one massive line?

Thank you
Question by:tonelm54
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ID: 39656462
Try by using echo ( Write-output ) instead of write-host

$cmd = "openfiles"
$cmdOutput = Invoke-Expression $cmd


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$cmd = "openfiles"
$cmdOutput = Invoke-Expression $cmd

Echo $cmdOutput

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Author Comment

ID: 39656556
Ok, by Echoing instead of write-host seems to work, however when I include it into my variable, it is still one line:-

$cmd = "openfiles"
$cmdOutput = Invoke-Expression $cmd

Echo $cmdOutput

$msgBody = "Please find below\n\n" + $cmdOutput

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Accepted Solution

Subsun earned 500 total points
ID: 39656633
To send mail, try this and see if it works for you..
$msgBody = "Please find below <BR> $(($cmdOutput -split "`n")  -join '<BR>')"

Send-MailMessage -BodyAsHtml $msgBody -From -To -SmtpServer -Subject "Test"

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