This question is related to another one which went the perl way but found much difficulties due to Windows bugs. (see Perl or Powershell how to convert from UCS-2 little endian to utf-8 or do inline oneliner search replace regex on UCS-2 file )

I would like the POWERSHELL equivalent of simple perl regex on a little endian UCS-2 format file (UCS-2LE is same as UTF-16 Little Endian). ie:

perl -pi.bak -e 's/search/replace/g;' MyUCS-2LEfile.txt

You will probably need to tell Powershell gci that input file is ucs2-le and that you want output file in same UCS-2LE (windows CR LF) format also etc.

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This will output the file after regex. The output file does -not- begin with a BOM. This should work for small files. For large files, it may require changes to be speedy.

$fin = 'C:/src/t/revbom-in.txt'
$fout = 'C:/src/t/revbom-out.txt'
if (Test-Path -Path $fout) { Remove-Item -Path $fout }

# Create a file for input
$UCS2LENoBomEncoding = New-Object System.Text.UnicodeEncoding $False, $False
[System.IO.File]::WriteAllLines($fin, "now is the time`r`nwhen was the time", $UCS2LENoBomEncoding)

# Read the file in, replace string, write file out
[System.IO.File]::ReadLines($fin, $UCS2LENoBomEncoding) |
    ForEach-Object {
        [System.IO.File]::AppendAllLines($fout, [string[]]($_ -replace 'the','a'), $UCS2LENoBomEncoding)

HT: @refactorsaurusrex at for the [string[]] cast

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