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I've got some [mongoexport] output I'd like to quickly parse. As you know, this output is pseudo-json in style. Mine looks like this:


I'm pretty sure the object `b932` exists in there somewhere, and since each line is a discrete json document, I'll [grep] for it and pipe the output into [ConvertFrom-Json]. 

![Screenshot 2020-06-12 at 12.42.26.png](/image?hash=49f3d9effa2c15a7037a64a44e18021513bf6482c59e96e80e71d2e342dc8c0e)

Easy peasy, I can see in the object level preview that the grep colorisation was preserved in the pipeline. That's fun and unexpected I guess, but I do have `export GREP_OPTIONS='--color=always'` in my `.bash_profile` which was the environment I was in before `pwsh`, so fair enough, I guess it got inherited ¯\\\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyway... let's see what the data for `b932` is...

![Screenshot 2020-06-12 at 12.48.57.png](/image?hash=8ddd132d078a4a08c1d0527273f3469f22d716a3beadf8127679a62e5d5a40ae)

...huh? What's going on, the docs are here, right...?

![Screenshot 2020-06-12 at 12.49.32.png](/image?hash=7d625c7063286d7a89049bb5cc2bc8d9abf9af37e550163380ea072086738b01)


Anyway, it turns out you cannot index into document `b392` in any of the "usual" ways here


Additionally [Get-Member] shows some... interesting output here too. 

![Screenshot 2020-06-12 at 12.53.34.png](/image?hash=1b515808676b28ed9fdbf25d0191ba994fcd196646fff5f06c56169e835c485b)

So... _what's going on!?_

Top Answer
As a workaround, use `--color=none` to strip the colour from the left side of your pipeline before converting the object.

[3.61ms] /Users/pvandivier/Desktop
PS> $object = grep b932 ./foo.dump --color=none | ConvertFrom-Json
[40.4ms] /Users/pvandivier/Desktop
PS> $


[3.45ms] /Users/pvandivier/Desktop

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