PS: Get Text Between Two Lines

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Use this to get all text between two lines in a text file.

To Resolve:

1a. Text

$file = Get-Content C:\scripts\text.txt
# get the line numbers of text you want to extract from. For example, lines 1 and 32
# remember to subtract 1 because indexes start at 0
$inner = $file[0]
$outer = $file[31]

# now we use the readcount property which is an int to loop through all the lines between and add to an array - $array
$array = @()
for ($i = ($inner.ReadCount); $i -lt ($outer.ReadCount - 1); $i++)
$array += $file[$i]
# $array now contains all lines between your start and end points!
  1. Another way
# this will return all lines that don't match a specific pattern.
$results = Select-String -Pattern '\*\*\*' -NotMatch -AllMatches C:\scripts\file.txt

# you can then loop through $results[$i].line to see the values and put them in an array.
$array = @()
for ($i = 0; $i -lt $results.Length; $i++)
    $array += $results[$i].Line
  1. For example, in my ‘clean transcripts’:
# Now we will clean up the transcript file as it contains filler info that needs to be removed...
$Transcript = Get-Content $Logfile -raw

# Create a tempfile
$TempFile = $PSScriptRoot + "\PSLogs\temp.txt"
New-Item -Path $TempFile -ItemType File | Out-Null

# Get all the matches for PS Headers and dump to a file
$Transcript | 
	Select-String '(?smi)\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*([\S\s]*?)\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*' -AllMatches | 
	ForEach-Object {$_.Matches} | 
	ForEach-Object {$_.Value} | 
	Out-File -FilePath $TempFile -Append

# Compare the two and put the differences in a third file
$m1 = Get-Content -Path $Logfile
$m2 = Get-Content -Path $TempFile
$all = Compare-Object -ReferenceObject $m1 -DifferenceObject $m2 | Where-Object -Property Sideindicator -eq '<='
$Array = [System.Collections.Generic.List[PSObject]]@()
foreach ($a in $all)
$Array = $Array -replace 'VERBOSE: ', ''

Remove-Item -Path $Logfile -Force
Remove-Item -Path $TempFile -Force
# Finally, put the information we care about in the original file and discard the rest.
$Array | Out-File $Logfile -Append -Encoding ASCII