PowerShell Quick Tip: Converting a String to a Boolean ValuePosted on May 4th, 2012 2 comments
Some PowerShell cmdlets include switch parameters, i.e. no arguments are typically supplied to them – they are either True / On when they are present and False / Off when they are not. However, it is also possible to explicitly specify them with $true and $false, e.g.
Typically you would not use this when working manually at the console, but what if you needed to automate a task using a switch parameter and set it to be On or Off based on values from a CSV or XML file, i.e. you supply the true or false as a string?
This can lead to some initially confusing behaviour; look at this example.
$persistent = “False” [boolean]$persistent
PowerShell appears to have converted our ‘false’ string to a Boolean ‘true’, not what we were expecting! This is because PowerShell will convert any string greater than 0 characters to a Boolean ‘true’, behaviour which is consistent across other programming languages.
So there are a couple of ways round this, either change your data to an empty string (which may not be possible of course)….
$persistent = “” [boolean]$persistent
or use the .Net System.Convert ToBoolean method:
$persistent = “False” [System.Convert]::ToBoolean($persistent)
Looking at a practical example of how you might use this take a look at working with one of the Citrix XenDesktop providers to create a Hypervisor Connection (more on this topic to come)
New-Item -Path xdhyp:\Connections –Name $Name –HypervisorAddress $HypervisorAddress –UserName $UserName –Password $Password –ConnectionType $ConnectionType –Persist: ([System.Convert]::ToBoolean($persistent))
A more detailed explanation of this topic is well written up by Kirk Munro
Here’s another way:
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