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Get-Item finds hidden directories even without -Force when a slash is appended #10292

mklement0 opened this issue Aug 2, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Aug 2, 2019

Note: The fact that Get-ChildItem and Get-Item do not find hidden items with literal paths even without -Force - in contrast with other filesystem cmdlets such as Test-Path and Resolve-Path, see #6502 and #6501 - is problematic in itself, but that's the behavior we're stuck with.

This issue is about a particular inconsistency in the context of the current behavior.

Steps to reproduce

On Linux or macOS (does not happen on Windows).

mkdir -p .tf  # create temporary hidden folder
{ Get-Item .tf -EA Stop } | Should -Throw
{ Get-Item .tf/ -EA Stop } | Should -Throw
rmdir .tf

Note that GetChild-Item, by contrast, consistently finds hidden directories by literal path even without -Force, with or without a trailing / - arguably, another inconsistency.

Expected behavior

No output, because both tests should pass, given that hidden dir. .tf shouldn't be found without -Force, with or without trailing /.

Actual behavior

Expected an exception, to be thrown, but no exception was thrown.

That is, the second command targeting .tf with a trailing / unexpectedly succeeded (found the item).

Environment data

PowerShell Core v7.0.0-preview.2 (7.0.0-preview.2) on macOS 10.14.6
PowerShell Core v7.0.0-preview.2 (7.0.0-preview.2) on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
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