Command Prompt / Console / Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

Shrouded in the mists of time, the Windows Console was created. For millenia, geeks and developers wrought their command-line tools but after a while, a great lacking was noticed. And so, legions of ever intrepid command-line mavens migrated to other shells and consoles, ’til but a stalwart few remained.

In Windows 10, with a deep rumbling, the ancient, weary, Windows Console heaved a great sigh and began to tremble. New features appeared, but slow was the (aparrent) progress.

But then, in early 2016, from under a rock evolved a group of new console dev’s. And then a PM. The journey to modernity had begun … again! WE’RE BACK! AGAIN!

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  1. Terminal emulator

    Make a better terminal emulator.

    Have any of the WSL/Bash devs ever used iTerm/2 on Mac? It's an unbelievably good terminal. Right now, as good as Bash itself is on Windows, the actual terminal is just plain garbage. I've tried ConEmu and all the other usual suspects, but they're still just bad.

    Please, please make the CLI experience better by making a very good, first party, tabbed terminal emulator with modern features. It must "feel" good. Current offering feel like Command Prompt with duck tape around it.

    40 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Bash/WSL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support AF_PACKET address family (tcpdump/wireshark...)

      From https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1628

      It would be great to get support for AF_PACKET, as some networking tools or software rely on that.

      Samples of tool that won't work without it:
      - tcpdump (socket: Invalid argument)
      - wireshark
      - some nmap functions
      - Scapy

      379 votes
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        54 comments  ·  Bash/WSL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Run services when Windows starts?

        In Bash, I can set services to boot on startup with something like this:

        sudo systemctl enable application.service

        However, it would be really handy if certain Bash services started when Windows started. (especially for web servers, database engines etc.)

        I know the way Windows and Linux does services is quite different but as an example, it would be great if I could start Windows and know that my local MongoDB server is all fired up and ready to go.

        Would love to know other peoples thoughts on this and if it's at all feasible?

        Thanks, Anthony
        Twitter: @anthonycook

        68 votes
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        • Please allow tabs in bash WSL. This is critical for productivity

          I will try to explain how important this is:

          As a developer, when I get to work I open the console and immediately open 5 tabs by default, just for start, every day, it's my ritual right after coffee - one tab is for my current workfolder, the others are for ssh-ing on two machines to constantly inspect logs and the others are to log to two different docker swarm environments. As my working day goes by, I usually reach 10 tabs on average.

          Tabbing makes me highly productive, since I can switch environments with just a key combination (I…

          38 votes
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          • Support ctrl+c signals for windows applications launched from WSL/bash

            In short: Make ctrl+c interrupt / kill windows applications launched from WSL.

            In long: At the moment windows executables launched from bash / WSL do not terminate when I ctrl+c the process. For example I might launch a compilation step which uses a windows .exe, and then decide to cancel it and modify something first. After ctrl+C the bash terminal thinks the process is stopped and lets me begin typing new commands, but the compilation keeps running and spills output into the terminal. Any file locks etc. will also be held which might block further commands I want to execute.…

            9 votes
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            • DrvFS support for "Shared Folders" in Virtual Machines

              DrvFS is unable to access the "shared folders" of a host machine when running inside a VM like VMware.

              We often use VMs for testing and shared folders are a great way to move data between the host and different VMs.

              For details see https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1959 and https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1954

              14 votes
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              • Raw Disk access and filesystem mounting

                I would love to have the ability to access raw partitions on my hard drive (provided that WSL is stable and will not obliterate my data) and also have the ability to mount filesystems not natively supported under Windows such as ext4, and btrfs among others. Specifically, I want to be able to mount partitions on my hard drive that I have windows installed on.

                10 votes
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                • Run WSL binaries in Windows without 'bash.exe -c'

                  It would be nice for Windows to be able to run binaries in WSL without needing to prefix 'bash.exe -c'. The main reason for this would be editor integration. For example, VS Code language extensions require the binary for the language to be in your PATH and often do not work without it. It seems like a waste to install the language in both Windows and WSL just to get editor integration.

                  Obviously, executables from Windows will still have a higher priority. Only when the executable cannot be found in the Windows PATH should it now attempt to run the…

                  33 votes
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                  • 34 votes
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                    • OpenCL & CUDA GPU support

                      It would be nice to have (relatively) easy access to the dedicated GPU's on our Win10 PC's, and OpenCL support for the AMD Drivers & CUDA for NVidia drivers etc.

                      What I am thinking on specifically (although there are many many uses for it and CUDA support) is hashing functions that are lackluster within windows itself, but benefit immensely within Linux and Unix.

                      Cryptocurrency mining for example, is known to be much faster on Linux systems than Windows. Do you see any support for OpenCL and/or CUDA in the future?

                      1,768 votes
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                        174 comments  ·  Bash/WSL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        It’s on the backlog, but not currently planned.

                        We know many of you would like to be able to accelerate your numerical analysis code via CUDA/OpenCL, etc.

                        One thing to explore in the meantime is to try running your code in Windows. Windows actually has very powerful GPU-acceleration capabilities and you may well find that much of your existing code may well work already or require trivial effort to port to Windows itself.

                        in the meantime, bear with us, and UPVOTE THIS ISSUE if you care (please don’t create another duplicate ask – that doesn’t help us prioritize asks).

                        Thanks.

                      • Allow to customize colors for a terminal

                        With the new 24-bit color options, it would be great to actually be able to use some of the new colors.

                        It's already well known that you can change colors in the registry to change the colors of the console.
                        According to this article, you can also change colors on a single shortcut (.lnk) https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20130527-00/?p=4253

                        Now it would be great to have a UI for changing colors.
                        The current UI only allows changes to Screen Text, Screen Background, Popup Text and Popup Background.
                        http://imgur.com/StT8gDZ

                        I would like to define the 16 original colors as another variant of those colors. For…

                        19 votes
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                        • TABS in WSL Command line tool!

                          Tabs to open a new session in WSL CLI. Like in one tab I have opened a file in VI so I could open log on another tab.

                          53 votes
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                          • Windows Firewall should support Pico/WSL

                            Frustratingly the Windows Firewall itself does not support WSL even in the creators update.,

                            31 votes
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                            • Add USB /dev/ttyACM support

                              I need /dev/ttyACM support to connect gdb to a black magic probe debugger to program embedded ARM microcontrollers.

                              13 votes
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                              • Win+X (developer menu) fix it back! cmd.exe + ubuntu bash

                                You removed from Windows 10 developer menu (win+x) cmd.exe and replaced it with Powershell. Powershell is ok but return cmd.exe as soon as possible, please. Good idea is also to add Ubuntu bash there.
                                Happy that win+r works. If you add there option to run as admin it's enough for me.

                                4 votes
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                                • Chrooting into existing installations

                                  In conjunction with the request for ext4 mount support, chrooting into existing installations instead of deploying a new distro install in WSL would be a great addition to the upcoming multi-distro support.

                                  13 votes
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                                  • 3 votes
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                                    • Support tools like fdisk and dd to directly accss physical and virtual drives

                                      Please add support tools like fdisk and dd to directly accss physical and virtual drives. Right now, running `fdisk -l` outputs "cannot open /proc/partitions" and doing something like `dd if=G: of=disk.img` outputs "dd: failed to open ‘G:’: No such file or directory". I do not see anything in /dev/ that seems to indicate anything is mapped to drives in Windows.

                                      13 votes
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                                      • Would love to have MTR support

                                        MTR is a very useful tool for Ops people. I would love to not have to fire up my Ubuntu VM to be able to run mtr.

                                        Currently I get "mtr: unable to get raw sockets." when attempting to run it.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Implement spawn limit in WSL/Bash.

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                                          The above fork bomb will when executed in WSL/Bash crash windows with a bluescreen. It is a classic UNIX killer. Linux distros usually implement a spawn limit to make sure you can't do this. I suggest you do so.

                                          5 votes
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