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Getting the time updated in powershell

Posted on 2014-03-28
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I have the need to mark the time in some logs that are created by powershell scripts. I use

$date = get-date

The first time the $date variable is used, the date is correct. Iterations following all have the same date. How can I clear the $date variable so that every time I call it, the current date is used?

clear-variable $date shows error shown:
Clear-Variable : Cannot find a variable with name '03/28/2014 17:19:13'.
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Question by:LN41
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by:becraig
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Just set date to null at the end of each iteration


#Start of loop
$date = Get-Date


End of loop
$date = $null
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footech earned 500 total points
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Instead of assigning the results of Get-Date to a variable, if you're not going to use that variable again, just call Get-Date where you need it.

For example
"start time -- $(Get-Date)" | Add-content file.txt
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by:Carlo-Giuliani
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Footech has the right idea.  Just replace all occurrences of $date with (get-date).

But if you want to use Clear-Variable, the correct way to do it is:
Clear-Variable 'Date'

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by:becraig
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Both of the guys above are right unless you are trying to do something midstream in your flow which cause you to get an error when calling Get-Date.

Having an idea of the snippet of code you are trying to fix would help.

Since you indicate clear variable gives you and error you can simply go for:
#Start of loop
$date = $null 
$date = Get-Date

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