The aim of this tutorial🔍 is the lesson needed for starting to use powershell’s functions with just -parameter without the provision of any value

1. steps/?

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  • you need to set a proper type [switch] before the argument
  • this works also in simple inline functions without the lenghty param block

2. example: query hashicorp consul

  • this is my local script I am using during operations to lookup a given value from within HashiCorps Consul database
  • there are other things I am implementing: a short command-help, and argument typing
  • the prereq to using this is
    • Consul installed
    • Consul authenticated
>>> query-consul com_acme md5 -detailed
function query-consul ([string]$customer, [string]$queryString, [int]$context, [switch]$detailed) {
    $consulURL = "$customer"
    elseif ($detailed) {
        consul kv get -recurse -detailed customer/$customer |
            Select-String $queryString -Context 1, $context
    else {
        consul kv get -recurse customer/$customer |
            Select-String $queryString -Context 1, $context
    - Function querying Hashicorp Consul'KV for the a string in question
    - Provide an empty string to query all folders
    - Run with -detailed flag to get richer outout
    - You can provide -context [int] to get richer output