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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!

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  1. Backup/Restore/Share/Snapshot a WSL installation

    Backup / Restore / Snapshot a WSL installation.

    For development puproses it would be very nice to ba able to backup a WSL installtion and to resore it on the same or another(!) PC.

    Provide a means of 'going back' (like a VMware snapshot) when a WSL installation became unstable, bloated, corrupt.

    BTW is there a way to have more than one Ubuntu installations at the same time?

    Best regards.

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    • errors on Kali Linux......

      Window 10 is the best os ever and Kali Linux is the best app ever on windows 10.....but there are many errors in Kali Linux wsl Microsoft.....there are many app which are not working.....like airmon-ng....nmap......and many more.....please fix this guys.....

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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make it possible to manage properties of Windows Console in specific apps

        Once you change properties in specific apps, the change you made never coordinates with the default. And there is no means to reset it to the default without directly changing the registry.
        I'd like to remove the property of PowerShell and reset it to the default.

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          0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make it possible to choose text and background colors regardless of ANSI color palette

          There are some people who like light-yellow background with black text or light-green text with black background.

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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Have dev/shm actually use RAM instead of system drive

            dev/shm appears to be using disk space as creating objects there decreases available space and IO speed is significantly limited.

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              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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

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                2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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
                ´

                3 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Proper colours on terminal output.

                  Directory listings 'bible' and 'tests' for instance seem to have text background and proper text foreground colours switched https://twitter.com/windowsdev/status/979730837259411459. Text background colour should match background colour. Not very readable in current state.

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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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                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                      • 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.

                        2 votes
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                        • Open command bash and windows closed after I hit enter

                          Open command bash and windows closed after I hit enter. Any idea how to fix it?

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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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                            • "where" command does not support translated directory names

                              Today I tripped over what's probably a bug (or at least a missing feature) in the "where" command.

                              I have a (third party) batch file that uses Java's "keytool.exe" and checks for its existence in the PATH with "where keytool".

                              Since I didn't have it on the path yet, I added

                              C:\Programme\Java\jdk1.8.0_45\bin

                              to the PATH via the system properties. ("Programme" being the translated German directory name for "Program Files".

                              I started a new command line prompt, and tested it: Running just "keytool" (from outside the Java bin directory of course) worked just fine . However "where keytool" said that it…

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                              • 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, _ …

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                                • Custom interior padding

                                  Would be a great thing to be able to set the interior padding in Powershell (to something else than the default of 1 px).

                                  Other people have talked about this before, for example see: https://superuser.com/questions/1123126/adding-padding-to-powershell-window-just-as-in-css

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                                  • Add posix message queue support in WSL

                                    Add Posix message queue support in WSL (Ubuntu). mq_open function is failing with error "Function not implemented"

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                                    • Is it possible to add a Command to Run ... Which brings Up Ubonto GUI interface just Like GUI command available in MATLAB.

                                      Is it possible to add a Command to Run ... Which brings Up Ubuntu GUI interface just Like GUI command available in MATLAB

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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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                                        • It isn't bad but needs work.

                                          Packages like rsyslogd, should not by default attempt to do things that are unsupported in the system, like for example create directories in /proc, or attempt to set SO_TIMESTAMP on /dev/log.

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