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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!

Please post your asks, ideas, wants and needs below: We ARE listening, and we ARE grateful for your feedback!

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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.

    273 votes
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      33 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add libgl support to WSL

      There are many development tools unable to be ported to Windows due to their proprietary nature and others that though not proprietary have no interest in porting to Windows. For me specifically, it's being able to utilize dev tools such as VSCode, Sublime Text, Draft, Javalin, Bootsnap, OSQuery, and/or FSQL without downloading a third party X server that only does partial implementation. Libgl is specifically required to get GUI apps to run and doesn't currently exist. Please implement libgl and create an API for driver makers to use to enable use of these and other GUI dev tools.

      46 votes
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      • Add support for 32-bit ELF executables

        A lot of tools written for Linux can be downloaded as 64-bit, but there are still a few that only 32-bit downloads are available for. I've tried using virtual machines, but that tends to not be feasibly in some projects.

        15 votes
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        • Open bash in current folder from context menu

          I would love a right-click option in a folder to open the current folder in a WSL distro. right click to open in the folder C:\Users\account would open a terminal in /mnt/C/Users/account

          87 votes
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            7 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • To be able to open tabs would be great.

            I am stuck using a MAC at work because the terminal is far superior. with Linux/MAC I can open multiple tabs in the terminal, with windows WSL I have to open a bunch of windows. Sometimes I will has 7 or 8 tabs open at once... Adding tabs to the command terminal would be an excellent upgrade. I work with a bunch of DevOps and TechOps people and the vast majority would rather be using windows, but because of the lack of features with the command box they are stuck using MAC's

            12 votes
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            • Andoid Distro Support

              I'm very happy about Ubuntu / SUSE / Fedora options for WSL. But isn't Android based on Linux as well? It would be AMAZING to be able to test/run Android apps using WSL, as other Linux apps are able to run GUIs in Windows in the current version.

              19 votes
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                6 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.

                62 votes
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                • 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…

                  32 votes
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                  • Allow WSL root folder location to be in a separate EXT4 partition recognized by windows

                    The idea is basically allowing the user to actually play with the files in a GUI environment with all the added perks of an explorer window.

                    12 votes
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                    • Add Posix ACL support to WSL and for drvfs mounts derive them from Windows ACL

                      Add Posix ACL support to WSL and for drvfs mounts derive them from Windows ACL. It is possible to map Posix ACLs to Windows ACLs with some limitations. That would greatly enhance interoperability between windows applications and wsl applications. Using metadata to save posix permissions on drvfs mounts greatly reduces interoperability, since windows applications are not aware of posix permissions saved as metadata.

                      References:
                      https://www.usenix.org/legacy/events/usenix03/tech/freenix03/full_papers/gruenbacher/gruenbacher_html/main.html

                      http://www.citi.umich.edu/u/marius/draft-eriksen-nfsv4-acl-01.txt

                      20 votes
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                      • Add suppor to Bluetooth on WSL

                        Exposing bluetooth to the WSL is necessary to develop IoT without having ot fire up a Viertual Machine.

                        10 votes
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                        • WSL: Add Hardwaresupport for Video capture devices

                          Hello,
                          I want to use process my webcam stream via OpenCV. Apparently there is no support for webcams yet, as /dev/ is pretty empty.

                          ´--- Opening /dev/video0...
                          stat: No such file or directory
                          ´

                          4 votes
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                          • Mount filesystems permanently from /etc/fstab

                            It's great that I can mount file systems or USB devices through drvfs but these mounts don't persists when all Linux shells are closed.
                            How does one mount filesystems permanently, say through /etc/fstab ?
                            Surely it shouldn't be necessary to manually mount filesystems after the last Linux shell has been closed and a new is invoked.

                            43 votes
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                            • sync chromium linux project error

                              sync chromium linux project error
                              daniel@DESKTOP-SNPN79O:/mnt/d/chromium_android/src# gclient sync --reset --with_branch_heads
                              Running depot tools as root is sad.

                              Syncing projects: 100% (108/108), done.
                              funning hooks: 14% ( 8/54) binutils
                              ________ running '/usr/bin/python src/third_party/binutils/download.py' in '/mnt/d/chromium_android'
                              Failed to fetch file gs://chromium-binutils/5230f6066998df2f4d61d5fa586152ab20cca300 for /mnt/d/chromium_android/src/third_party/binutils/Linux_x64/binutils.tar.bz2. [Err: panic: failed to execve "/root/.vpython-root/9eab6c/bin/python": cannot allocate memory

                              1 vote
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                              • Make it easy to NTFS-compress the WSL filesystem

                                Users with SSDs can face space problems when they install packages with debug info. While it is easy to just NTFS-compress the files in Windows proper, WSL files need to be hunted down and compressed, all in an "unsafe" manner. Windows should provide an interface in WSL to transparently compress files with NTFS facilities.

                                3 votes
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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.

                                  41 votes
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                                  • 20 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.

                                      145 votes
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                                      • sudo npm install -g serverless

                                        What makes wsl so useful to me and many others is being able to do web/cloud based development stuff from within Windows. At the moment I've had good results with things like the AWS CLI for linux and many other things, but serverless is not playing ball:

                                        nickw@DESKTOP-OREBB4V:~
                                        $sudo npm install -g serverless
                                        /usr/bin/serverless -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless
                                        /usr/bin/sls -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless
                                        /usr/bin/slss -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless

                                        > serverless@1.26.1 postinstall /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless
                                        > node ./scripts/postinstall.js

                                        oh oh Error: EACCES: permission denied, open '/usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/node_modules/tabtab/.completions/serverless.bash'
                                        Could not auto-install serverless autocomplete script.
                                        Please copy / paste the script above into your shell.

                                        ┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
                                        │ serverless update check failed │ …

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                                        • Support for IDEA exposure for the Linux dev tools like git and mvn, make etc

                                          While the WSL is a great tool and is powerfull, there is a realy big gap were having now. I need to redudntly install stuff if I use an IDEA (like intellij or eclipse). To expose git to these tools. I can try to be creative with bat scripts to expose some of the bash native git. But then there is achance to get a "Cannot launch bash because another instance is running un-elevated. Elevated and un-elevated instances are not permitted to run simultaneously." response (and break your bat script).

                                          What I would love to see a way to be…

                                          26 votes
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