When is PowerShell not PowerShell?

When is PowerShell not PowerShell? When its PowerShell v6.

This applies to beta 9 and later

Check a v6 instance

PS C:\Program Files\PowerShell\6.0.0-beta.9> $PSVersionTable

Name                           Value
----                           -----
PSVersion                      6.0.0-beta.9
PSEdition                      Core
GitCommitId                    v6.0.0-beta.9
OS                             Microsoft Windows 10.0.17035
Platform                       Win32NT
PSCompatibleVersions           {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion      2.3
SerializationVersion           1.1.0.1
WSManStackVersion              3.0

Now try and run PowerShell

PS C:\Program Files\PowerShell\6.0.0-beta.9> powershell

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS>  $PSVersionTable

Name                           Value
----                           -----
PSVersion                      5.1.17035.1000
PSEdition                      Desktop
PSCompatibleVersions           {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
BuildVersion                   10.0.17035.1000
CLRVersion                     4.0.30319.42000
WSManStackVersion              3.0
PSRemotingProtocolVersion      2.3
SerializationVersion           1.1.0.1

You get your v5.1 instance! You HAVE to use pwsh

PS>  exit

PS C:\Program Files\PowerShell\6.0.0-beta.9> pwsh

PowerShell v6.0.0-beta.9
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS C:\Program Files\PowerShell\6.0.0-beta.9> $PSVersionTable

Name                           Value
----                           -----
PSVersion                      6.0.0-beta.9
PSEdition                      Core
GitCommitId                    v6.0.0-beta.9
OS                             Microsoft Windows 10.0.17035
Platform                       Win32NT
PSCompatibleVersions           {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion      2.3
SerializationVersion           1.1.0.1
WSManStackVersion              3.0

The command to start PowerShell v6 on Linux is also pwsh.

This is wrong on so many levels that its difficult to explain. I know its supposed to enable the separation on v6 and any older versions in a side by side install but having to remember this adds another level of unnecessary thought to using PowerShell. I’ve been a big fan of PowerShell for over 12 years but v6 and the changes that are being made are in many instances a step backwards for an illusionary gain.

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