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Powershell - Select-Object -Unique vs Group-Object

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Hi,

I have the following problem with powershell.

I have a list of strings call it $machine_list which
I know there are duplicates.

The following  code produces the following output:

$machine_list.count -- 15375

$a = $machine_list | Select-Object -Unique
$a.Count -- 12134

$b = $machine_list | Group-Object -NoElement
$b.Count -- 12082

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I am trying to get a unique list and looking at different
ways of doing it.

So in my example above why are the counts different?
Should they not be the same - $a.Count -eq $b.Count?

I am hoping somebody can explain this in more detail to me.

Also is there a way I can compare the results to see how they
differ? (Comparing $a with the Name Values of $b).

Thanks,

Ward.
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Hi Ward,
could you provide the machine list? How did you create this list of strings?

As far as I can remember, the unique command needs to have the list sorted.
What does this return:
$a = $machine_list | Sort-Object | Select-Object -Unique

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