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21 Jun 2018

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Software Author(s):

  • Bill Curran


bcurran3 unofficial choco misc helpers extension

Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension

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0.0.1 | Updated: 21 Jun 2018



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Software Author(s):

  • Bill Curran

Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension 0.0.1

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To install Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension installed
    name: chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension
    state: present
    version: 0.0.1
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

Coming early 2020! Central Managment Reporting available now! More information...

chocolatey_package 'chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension' do
  action    :install
  version  '0.0.1'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension,
    Version: 0.0.1,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension
   Name     = 'chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '0.0.1'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '0.0.1',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension version="0.0.1" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 20 Jul 2018.


chocolatey-misc-helpers.extension provides helper functions to be used in Chocolatey install/uninstall scripts by package creators/maintainers.

These didn't fit into the concept scope of my other extensions so I decided to start a new miscellaneous collection and will add to it as "needed."


  • Start-CheckandStop - checks for and stops a process if running. Also creates variables to easily restart the process after a package upgrade. Useful for installers that fail if the program is running. Read comments in the script to implement.
  • Start-WaitandStop - starts a background process to stop a (foreground) process - quits after 5 minutes or after the process gets stopped. Useful to stop additional pop-up programs during installation. This would usually be called before Install-ChocolateyPackage.
  • Start-WaitandStopActual - (do not directly use) called by Start-WaitandStop to make Start-WaitandStop simple to use.


  • Start-CheckandStop "ProcessName"
  • Start-WaitandStop "ProcessName"


$scriptRoot = Split-Path -Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$publicFunctions = @(
Get-ChildItem -Path "$scriptRoot\*.ps1" | ForEach-Object { . $_ }
Export-ModuleMember -Function $publicFunctions
# Checks for and stops $ProcessName if running
# $ProcessWasRunning can be checked later in scripts to re-run the process if it was running before stopped
# $ProcessFullPath is the full path and executable of the stopped process
# i.e. to re-run the process after an upgrade use: if ($ProcessWasRunning -eq "True") {&"$ProcessFullPath"}

function Start-CheckandStop($ProcessName){

if((Get-Process "$ProcessName" -ea SilentlyContinue) -eq $Null){ 
    Write-Host "$ProcessName currently NOT running." -foreground green
    Write-Host "Stopping $ProcessName process..." -foreground yellow
	$global:ProcessWasRunning = "True"
	$global:ProcessFullPath = (Get-Process "$ProcessName").path
    Stop-Process -ProcessName "$ProcessName" -Force	
# Runs background job to kill $ProcessName within 5 minutes
function Start-WaitandStop($ProcessName){
$env:ProcessName = $ProcessName

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass
Start-Job -InitializationScript {Import-Module -Name "$env:ChocolateyInstall\extensions\chocolatey-misc-helpers\Start-WaitandStopActual.ps1"} -ScriptBlock {Start-WaitandStopActual} | Out-Null
Start-Sleep 10
Remove-Item Env:\ProcessName
# Stops process $ProcessName anywhere up to 5 minutes from being called
function Start-WaitandStopActual{
$ProcessName = $env:ProcessName

Do {
    Start-Sleep 5
    if((Get-Process "$ProcessName" -ea SilentlyContinue) -eq $Null){ 
      } else { 
        Stop-Process -ProcessName "$ProcessName" -Force
Until ($LoopMePlease -gt 60)


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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension 137866 Saturday, January 12, 2019 Approved
Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension 0.0.3 12001 Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Approved
Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension 0.0.2 28327 Saturday, September 1, 2018 Approved
Chocolatey Misc Helpers Extension 0.0.1 9497 Thursday, June 21, 2018 Approved


  • 0.0.1 - initial release

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