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  1. Add libusb support to WSL

    Since previous one(https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/16759696-add-usb-device-support) was marked "complete", this one more clearly states support for libusb as in any usb device raw, rather than just storage mounting and serial pass-through.
    My example need is Yubikey gpg-card.

    494 votes
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      49 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • WSL raw socket support for ethernet to allow for nmap functionality

      Can not run nmap from WSL due to inability to interface with network sockets. Please enable passthrough or provide documentation / support to allow configuration of ethernet sockets to work with nmap. Was lead here by this discussion: https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/2039

      17 votes
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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support iptables

        Originally posted on Github around a year ago: https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/767

        Not sure how feasible this is to implement, but I've found myself in a couple of situations where it would've come in quite useful.

        199 votes
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          11 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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

          1,562 votes
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            247 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb

            Both Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb fail on WSL as of build 18204. This is due to an issue with mmap described at https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/658 and https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/902

            Please fix the mmap issue so that lmdb and Oracle Berkeley DB, and projects relying on them, work in WSL.

            16 votes
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              3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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?

              3,798 votes
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                407 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hey WSL users, as many of you have been asking for an update: we still do not have anything on the books yet for this feature, but we have NOT forgotten this request.

                As we navigate requirements and evaluate our WSL work, we ask that you please continue voicing your desires and upvoting this issue. Feel free to ping me on twitter @CraigWilhite to tell me more about how you’d like to see this feature in WSL.

              • Support native Docker daemon (dockerd)

                It would be great to be able to run the Docker daemon (dockerd) natively in WSL.

                Thanks for already adding support for running the Docker client in WSL.

                3 votes
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                • 3 votes
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                  • Can you tell me why Microsoft Corporation keeps shrinking the size of the text

                    Can you tell me why Microsoft Corporation keeps shrinking the size of the text

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                    • Support *BSD operating systems.

                      One of the benefits of WSL is that many server environments are Linux systems and the developer can validate many changes locally before deployment.

                      Similarly, various *BSD variants (Free-, Open-, etc.) are also frequently used on servers and developers could benefit immensely from having similar functionality.

                      This will likely be a larger item than allowing multiple Linux distributions on WSL due to the differences in system call structure.

                      70 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Map WSL process ID to Windows process ID

                        Currently there appears no clean way to get the corresponding Windows process ID of a running WSL process. I can inspect the PIDs of running processes in Windows taskmanager or with the tasklist command from bash on WSL as in:

                        oeffner@grove:~$ cmd.exe /c tasklist

                        But that does not guarantee unambiguous identification PIDs if more processes have the same name.

                        It would be great if the PID of a WSL process was available as an additional column for Windows TaskManager and the tasklist command.

                        It would also be great if it were possible under WSL to get the corresponding Windows PID…

                        44 votes
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                        • Add support for other Linux distros / meta-distributions - part two

                          After about year we have some distros in official MS magazine but we already don't have rights to install another Linux distributives.

                          I think we need to general methods of porting yourself distros to WSL.
                          It's will be easy to another people - the one idea to be popularity.

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                            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add USB Device Support

                            This ask is specifically for adding USB Device support to WSL - i.e. exposing USB busses and devices to the OS.

                            This is NOT an ask for adding the ability to communicate with external USB peripherals like phones, IoT boards, etc. - those asks are elsewhere:

                            USB Serial communicatons:
                            https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/15424383-need-serial-usb-com-port-access

                            Mount USB storage devices:
                            https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/13717092-mount-usb-sd-removable-storage-devices

                            1,022 votes
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                              • Make core dump files available in WSL

                                When a process crashes on WSL it does not generate a core dump, even if the necessary configuration is in place.

                                This is critical for debugging complex issues during development.

                                Referencing this issue: https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1262

                                78 votes
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                                • Support kernel namespaces and cgroups (for Docker, headless Chrome, ...)

                                  Kernel namespaces are a Linux feature that enables sandboxing (used in things like headless browsers) and containerization (i.e. Docker).

                                  It would be great if WSL supported those scenarios.

                                  41 votes
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                                  • Add FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) support in WSL

                                    Please add FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) interface /dev/fuse into WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).
                                    With FUSE, we can access from WSL to file storages regularly used with Linux cluster environments such as GlusterFS, Moose FS, etc.

                                    1,864 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.

                                      50 votes
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                                      • Consider enabling cron jobs, daemons and background tasks

                                        Bash/WSL doesn't support cron jobs, daemons or background tasks in Win10AU. The ability to run background jobs would be very useful. Please consider adding this feature.

                                        1,422 votes
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                                          58 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add Wireless Device Support

                                          iwconfig and other wireless device tools cannot interact with wireless devices. While ifconfig, ip, etc network support has been added and displays the wireless devices (wifi0, wifi1, ...), iwconfig and other tools cannot detect wireless support. Considering the omnipresence of wifi, this makes the "Enable network connection enumeration" request feel technically fulfilled but practically half-done. Can we expect wifi support in the near future? Or are there work arounds involving the installation or compilation of particular tools?

                                          136 votes
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