Powershell script is not running via ps1 file

Shahzeena 0 Reputation points

Hi Team, I wrote a simple script to delete all the files older than X days from my folders without deleting my Folders obviously , i'm able to run it through a command line powershell directly as a command but when i'm calling my ps1 script file in powershell it's giving me errors, i have also recieved more errors earlier but now its just this.

Here is my script,

$logoutput=Get-ChildItem –Path "C:\TEST" -Recurse -File | Where-Object {($_.LastWriteTime -lt (Get-Date).AddMinutes(-1))}

Write-Output "[{0:MM/dd/yy} {0:HH:mm:ss}]" -f (Get-Date) $logoutput" | Out-file C:\log.txt -append

Get-ChildItem –Path "C:\TEST" -Recurse -File | Where-Object {($_.LastWriteTime -lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-30))} | Remove-Item

It's in a file called cleanup.ps1 and when i'm running powershell -file "path to cleanup.ps1" it's giving below error.

I have done quite a lot but nothing helped.


Get-ChildItem : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'File'.
At C:\Users\sahmad\cleanup.ps1:4 char:42
+ Get-ChildItem –Path "C:\TEST" -Recurse -File | Where-Object {($_.La ...
+                                          ~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-ChildItem], ParameterBindingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetChildItemCommand
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  1. MotoX80 30,826 Reputation points

    The "dash" in front of Path is not a dash, it's some other character.

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  2. MotoX80 30,826 Reputation points

    In your first reply you are mixing up the $i and $file variables.

    In your second reply, you need to treat the $file variable as a collection of file objects.

    Remove the -whatif when you are satisfied that the correct files are being selected and you actually want to delete them.

    $Path = "C:\TEST"
    $Minutes = 1                                    # numeric not string
    $DelDate = (Get-Date).AddMinutes(-$Minutes)
    $DelDate                                        # display the timestamp that we calculated
    $file = Get-ChildItem -Path $Path -Recurse -File | Where-Object { $_.LastWriteTime -lt $DelDate }
    foreach ($f in $file) {
        "[{0}] {1}" -f (Get-Date -Format 'MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss'), $f.fullname | Out-File "C:\Users\sahmad\log.txt" -Append
    if ($file) {                                 # do we have any files? 
        $file | Remove-Item -Force -whatif       # pipe the collection of objects to remove-item 
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  3. Limitless Technology 43,971 Reputation points

    Hi. Thank you for your question and reaching out. I’d be more than happy to help you with your query.

    I have linked an article below that may help solve your issue. Here is what the article has to say:

    You have two options when running a script in the PowerShell console.

    1. Use the whole script's path, such as C:\TEMP\MyNotepadScript.ps1
    2. You can also use simply the script name from the folder containing the file: .\MyNotepadScript.ps1

    REFERENCE: https://petri.com/how-to-write-and-run-a-powershell-script-file-on-windows-11/

    If the reply was helpful, please don’t forget to upvote or accept as answer, thank you.

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