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  1. Run bash.exe from within VB6 Code by means of Shell() & Cmd.exe Please Support it for inter operability of Linux and Windows applications

    I am Wondering Why bash.exe is not running from Shell() function inside
    a Visual basic6 program code though CMD.exe and bash.exe are on
    the path= "C:\Windows\System32\" , File not found raised as the error.

    and here is the Code List in VB6 that Can not launch
    bash.exe using Shell() with or without CMD.exe.

    Option Explicit

    Private Const WAIT_INFINITE = -1&
    Private Const SYNCHRONIZE = &H100000

    Private Declare Function OpenProcess Lib "kernel32" _
    (ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, _
    ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, _
    ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long

    Private Declare Function WaitForSingleObject Lib "kernel32" _
    (ByVal hHandle As Long, _ …

    2 votes
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    • Add "start" like the one from cmd.exe

      So you know how you can run "start myprogram" in the regular cmd.exe? Something like that for text based applications running in WSL. So if I wanted to download packages in a seperate window, I could run something like "start sudo apt get upgrade" straight from WSL. Also, an option to auto-terminate the window would be great.

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      • Add gnumeric support for WSL

        It would be nice if I could apt install gnumeric.
        Gnumeric is the only application I really miss on windows.

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        • Windows Console options mockup

          Mockup: https://imgur.com/LjRKwIZ
          Some ideas that could be added in Windows Setting about the Windows Console:
          Select a new default shell: Allow user to select PowerShell, Command Prompt or Bash as default shell across the system
          Reset Windows Console options: Reset all users customizations in Console>Right Click> Default & Properties windows.
          Apply following settings to Windows Console:
          - Use legacy console (As in Console Properties window)
          - Various edit options
          - Command History settings
          - Font settings
          - Text selection
          - Transparency (View better transparency option on uservoice)
          - Etc

          Maybe can be added a section dedicated to Windows Console

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          • elif else if shows as an error, just using if removes the error but not the cause.

            Most of script is unusable as it calls/refers to things not "there".

            https://raw.githubusercontent.com/UbuntuForums/wireless-info/master/wireless-info

            zenity is a viable directory, but not a viable program, so I was xpecting it to skip thru

            wicd was installed just to help the script out.

            so ifconfig reports as normal, iw igives a message failed to connect to the generic link.

            it is the elif that is puzzling.

            2 votes
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            • Octopus Deploy Integration!

              One-Stop-Shop For All Environments Deployments??

              DEV, EXP|TEST, STAGING, PROD...many celebrations around the world will be heard, not unlike the unfortunate demise of a stellar deathoid above a forest planet...

              2 votes
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              • How to do a fresh install?

                . . or create a second instance, not of the command shell but of the complete subsystem. I found that turning off and then on (with reboots) the Windows feature "Windows Subsystem for Linux" reinstated the first instance rather than a fresh one. (By the way, after the feature is turned off, invalid "Bash on Ubuntu!" icons are still present.)

                6 votes
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                • stdio for Windows GUI apps

                  Add support for windows GUI apps to write to stdout/stderr and read from stdin.
                  I see this as a link time option and an additional flag set in the binary executable.

                  7 votes
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                  • Install pref in ubuntu bash in windows, linux-tools-common and linux-tools-generic

                    Pref install in ubuntu bash in windows to analyze monitoring data and performance data of our machine, but it gives the following message:
                    Could not locate the package linux-tools-3.4.0 .

                    5 votes
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                    • Windows needs a command-line Package Manager

                      I think that Microsoft could achieve the following 3 things if you seriously thought about a package management strategy for Windows and Windows programs.

                      1. You could simplify the lives of system administrators by allowing them to easily script up updates and required programs
                      2. You could take a little more control of the Windows environment by maintaining a repository of trusted software for installation
                      3. You could decrease the number of vectors for malware to enter Windows

                      By maintaining a repository of programs that run on Windows and allowing updates to be administered from that repository, Microsoft would make…

                      87 votes
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