DNVM Execution Results in Get-Help Error in PowerShell

If you are running dnvm with no parameters on PowerShell with PSCX, you’re likely to see this error:

4> dnvm
You must specify a command!
   ___  _  ___   ____  ___
  / _ \/ |/ / | / /  |/  /
 / // /    /| |/ / /|_/ /
/____/_/|_/ |___/_/  /_/
.NET Version Manager v1.0.0-beta4-10356
By Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.

usage: dnvm  []

Get-Help : Get-Help could not find dnvm-alias in a help file in this session. To
download updated help topics type: "Update-Help". To get help online, search for the
help topic in the TechNet library at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=107116.
At C:\Program Files\Microsoft DNX\Dnvm\dnvm.ps1:755 char:17
+                 $h = Get-Help $_.Name
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ResourceUnavailable: (:) [Get-Help], HelpNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : HelpNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetHelpCommand

    alias     C:\Program Files\Microsoft DNX\Dnvm\dnvm.ps1 : You cannot call a method on a
At line:1 char:1
+ dnvm
+ ~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Write-Error], WriteErrorException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.WriteErrorException,dnvm.ps1

There is apparently a bug in the PSCX proxy command for Get-Help, which adds support for looking up help for .NET types and members on MSDN.  For now, you can disable the Get-Help proxy by either editing your existing Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1 file.

If you are not use the Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1 file, you will need to copy one to your profile dir.  Your profile dir can be found like so:

PS C:\> (Split-Path $profile –Parent)

The Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1 file can be located in your Pscx install dir which can be found with this command:

PS C:\> (Get-Module Pscx).ModuleBase

With this info, copy the Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1 file into your profile dir.

Now edit the Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1 file in your profile dir and change this line:

GetHelp           = $true


GetHelp           = $false

Save the file and the next time you load PSCX, use this command line or replace the existing import of PSCX in your profile script with this one:

PS C:\> Import-Module Pscx -Arg "$(Split-Path $profile -Par)\Pscx.UserPreferences.ps1"

Sorry for this inconvenience.  I will be looking into a fix for PSCX vnext which might just be to disable the Get-Help proxy by default.

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