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Powershell Script from Bamboo output

garretfick August 16, 2019



I am running a PowerShell script from Bamboo using the Script task. The script file is in the repo, so I'm running it using the "File" Script location:


* Interpreter: Windows PowerShell

* Script location: File

* Script file: .\build.ps1


I'm confident the file exists and is running. However, I don't get any of the output from the script. That is, when I run it locally on my machine, I gets detailed output in the terminal. But when I run on Bamboo, I get no output.

How can I get output when running on Bamboo?

In case, it helps, the commands in the PowerShell script are primarily calling other applications using "&"

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Karel Miranda
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January 24, 2020


I was able to reproduce this issue using Powershell 4, so please try to upgrade Powershell to version 5.

I tested using Powershell 5.1.14409.1005 and it works :D

Hope this helps. 

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August 18, 2019

Hi @garretfick ,

Please try adding debugging at the top of script.

Set-PSDebug -Trace 2

Also what is writing output messages?

For example:

Write-Host "message"
garretfick August 19, 2019

I have added `Set-PSDebug -Trace 2`. When I run locally, I get output from each line, but when run via Bamboo, I see no output.

I have also added `Write-Host`, and it similarly gives no output.

In case it helps, the only message I do see is

Failing task since return code of [powershell -NonInteractive -ExecutionPolicy bypass -Command .\build.ps1] was -1 while expected 0 
garretfick August 19, 2019

I can also add that if I change the name from `build.ps1` to `build1.ps1` (so the script doesn'tt exist), I instead get the message 

File [XXXXXXX\build1.ps1] doesn't exist, trying to run [.\build1.ps1] anyway.
Unable to find executable at .\build1.ps1. Will try to run it anyway.
andrew_lund January 17, 2020

@garretfick Did you ever figure this out? I'm trying to do the same thing right now as well. `Set-PSDebug -Trace 2` didn't output anything to the Bamboo log files. I've tried messing around with powershell preferences but none of them seemed to help.

garretfick January 17, 2020

I can't remember if I ever got logging working (and don't have access to the system anymore to check), but I do remember why things were failing.

The bamboo user account PATH environment variable had been modified, and so Powershell wasn't on the path.

I suspect this isn't related, but might be worth looking at.

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