Command Prompt / Console / Windows Subsystem for Linux

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!

@RichTurn_ms, Paul, Mike1 & Mike2.

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  1. `color NN` should set the FG/BG color "defaults" for ANSI colors

    Currently (as of Win Version 10.0.14393), the ANSI sequences "\x1b[m" == "\x1b[0m", "\x1b[39m", and "\x1b[49m" reset the respective color to the default color of the console determined at the time the console process was initiated. If the user changes the current console colors using the `color` command, that new color preference is unfortunately discarded when any of the reset sequences are encountered.

    Up to this point, the usual practice of most Win32 applications, when implementing ANSI color, is to read the console attributes at the start of their execution, and use those values to "reset" the colors. So, if the…

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      1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Text editor like editing functions

      Text editor like editing functions should be there, (like Ctrl+BackSpace or Ctrl+Delete to delete words to whitespaces, etc.) Currently we have to delete letter by letter. I know there is Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End to delete whole sentence to left or to right, but it is inconvenient.
      There should be ability to adjust the verical line spacing in cmd.

      4 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ctrl+ScrollWheelUp/Down to increase/decrease cmd text size

        Ctrl+ScrollWheelUp/Down to increase/decrease cmd text size which will make working with cmd easy as cutting an apple with knife.

        4 votes
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        • Reset console preferences to their factory default

          Insert a button to reset users customizations (fonts, color, legacy option, size) and so on...

          3 votes
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          • bash copy paste

            Keyboard-based copy/paste should work in the bash console (ctrl+c/v)

            984 votes
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            • edit text files natively in cmd

              There should be functionality to display, create, edit text files natively in cmd.
              It would be great addition so develpers can work with text files on the fly.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Drop Down Bash Console

                Firs I want to say THANK YOU FOR BASH ON WINDOWS!!!!!!

                On Linux there is a are a few tools like guake for a "Drop Down Terminal" for easy access and tab support. The only one I can find for windows no longer has support and I think it would add a lot of convenience.

                7 votes
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                • char NULL (ascii 0) output is not correct

                  char NULL (ascii 0) output is not correct

                  printf '\000A\000B'
                  output is spaceAspaceB, but it should be AB.

                  5 votes
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                  • I don't oppose to the integrated precompiled debiancyness Unice, unice subsystem that perhaps outperforms /dev/wow | bench > /dev/null, howe

                    I don't oppose to the integrated precompiled debiancyness Unice, unice subsystem that perhaps outperforms /dev/wow | bench > /dev/null, however I think OSS would be impressed with native :0 xwin, I say YES to the Microsoft decisionmakers that suffers less from Finnish ways to leverage important innovations, so OSS repository/svn/git for all the magick needed such that Microsoft drivers would even be able to be replaced, renewed, OSS I vote for complete integration meaning sinks to pulse/jack/audio/hdmi magick etc.. and all misanthropic features that would perform better I suppose, that is, after they fixed the I/O schedular policies that P2P…

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                    • Make UTF-8 an option for "non-Unicode" programs (ACP)

                      While I personally appreciate Microsoft's recent improvements involving CP_UTF8 in UoW/conhost, I feel that the support is still far from complete.

                      Windows' traditional way of making console programs support Unicode characters – compiler-level settings like TCHAR & UNICODE – have been causing troubles for cross-platform libraries and their users. On the other hand, UTF-8, an ASCII-compatible MBCS with support for full Unicode ranges, has become the choice of "legacy-style" C/C++ programmers as well as front-end engineers.

                      MS is now extending its sphere of influence to many other fields, by introducing open-source programming components and by providing decent cross-platform app-building support.…

                      9 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for the suggestion.

                        The biggest overhaul to the Console’s innards in more than 30 years is currently underway. UTF-8 support is something that we are and will be working on in order to support a much broader set of scenarios, platforms, clients and tools.

                        Just one example of the level of improvements being made include all the Virtual Terminal sequence support added to the Console during Win10AU to support many *NIX tools, along with the new 24-bit color support we released in today’s Insiders build #14931.

                        Stay tuned for lots more improvements coming in future insiders and major releases.

                      • gem install pg

                        gem install pg did't work i hope u fix ruby on rails issues
                        that will perfect .
                        thanks

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                        • Could you please supply a CMD command to switch on the ANSI features of the new CONHOST (MODE CON ANSI ON) or else a switch to the CMD.EXE

                          Could you please supply a CMD command to switch on the ANSI features of the new CONHOST (MODE CON ANSI ON) or else a switch CMD.EXE /ANSI which sets 0x04 in the SetConsoleMode API. Otherwise there is little point in having ANSI/VT100 control sequences implemented.

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                          • What is the rationale for cmd.exe rendering vt100 characters in batch files

                            I understand that cmd.exe no longer enables ENABLE_VIRTUAL_TERMINAL_PROCESSING by default after the Anniversary update:https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/15617610--re-enable-enable-virtual-terminal-processing-by

                            So I was surprised to discover that cmd.exe will correctly render vt100 escape sequences if found in a batch file. Will this feature stay?

                            The reason for asking is that over in PHP land there is some discussion about enabling this flag by default when the php cli starts, but the worry is that it may break backward-compatibility (although I would imagine that scripts outputting vt100 sequences to a terminal that doesn't recognize them are already broken).
                            https://github.com/php/php-src/pull/2103#issuecomment-252081866

                            There are an awful lot of batch…

                            3 votes
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                            • Selection box sometimes disappears

                              Keep the mouse still and left click, right click, then left click. The selection box wont appear on the second left click and it will take an additional left click to make it appear.

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                              • Provide an official pty API on win32, not only of WLS.

                                Allow native win32 applications to establish an pty and grab console modifications to it.

                                17 votes
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                                • Triple click to select whole line

                                  Currently (AnnUpd) clicking selects one character and double clicking selects whole word. Another step would be to triple click to select whole line.

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                                  • Since Release 1607 3rd pty bitmap fonts stopped working in console windows

                                    Since Release 1607 3rd pty bitmap fonts stopped working in console windows. In the settings dialog the additional sizes are listed and the preview shows them correctly but in the actual console windows only the build-in bitmap fonts are used. Still worked in 1511.
                                    This is the case at least with my fonts which worked fine since Windows 95. They have the OEM flag and the face name is Terminal.
                                    http://www.uwe-sieber.de/dosfon_e.html#download

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                                    • Layout characters wider than one cell correctly under non-DBCS codepages, like 65001.

                                      Currently character wider (visually) than one cell (or i mean, a space character's width) can be correctly layouted only in DBCS codepages (that is, 932, 950, 949 and 936). In other codepages like 65001, all wider characters are fit in one cell, and cannot be shown correctly.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Linux MKLINK permission inconsistency

                                        Integrating more Linux features with Windows means that the inconsistency between symlinks on Windows (UAC elevation required, yet "Create symbolic links" secpol.msc ignored if user if also an Administrator) vs the Posix model of anyone being able to create a symlink.

                                        Personally I don't see why symlink access is restricted by default. I can see an option to restrict symlinks on the part of IT departments locking down users and trying to avoid confusion, but for anyone that's a user of the Windows Subsystem for Linux it doesn't make a bit of sense.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Re: " don’t see why symlink access is restricted by default…"

                                          Please read our announcement blog for more background on relaxing symlink creation restrictions for developers: https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/12/02/symlinks-windows-10

                                          Also note the following:
                                          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-vista/cc766301(v=ws.10)#create-symbolic-links

                                          Imagine if symlinks could be created using standard non-admin rights: What would stop a piece of malware from creating symlinks that redirect an existing Word doc to a Word doc with an malicious payload. Symlinks pose VERY serious security threats which is why creating them has been a restricted right since Vista.

                                        • Prevent Powershell from interpreting binary output of an external EXE as strings when piping two EXEs

                                          Currently in Powershell, when piping two EXEs like this:

                                          a.exe | b.exe

                                          Powershell will try to interpret the output of “a.exe” as string, even if it is producing binary output, like what the curl.exe did.

                                          Please do not do this, or provide another set of piping operator to treat streams as binary.

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