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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!

@RichTurn_ms, Paul, Mike1 & Mike2.

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  1. Reflect Windows proxy setting to http_proxy

    Reflect Windows proxy setting by setting http_proxy, etc environment variables on WSL.

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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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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Default terminal shortcut

        Create a shortcut (like Ctrl+Alt+T in many Linux distributions to lauch the default console). Maybe when done in an Explorer window should it navigate to the folder?

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        • Please add CRIU Support

          CRIU will allow restoring snapshots of running applications from Linux to WSL and vice versa. This will allow live migration of applications to ensure their high availability by resolving kernel issues like 0 Day attacks in kernels.

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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.

            6 votes
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              1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve piping & interop syntax

              Let's say you work on windows (cmd/powershell), and you want to pipe something to linux, do something there, and pipe something out. For example, copying to clipboard cowsaying all files/folders from C\Windows starting with 's'. (Yes. Very practical example)

              Normally, you would use this syntax
              C:\Windows>dir | bash -c "grep '\ss'" | bash -c "cowsay" | clip

              It would work, but it is rather verbose & it needs to have those quotation marks, which is annoying.

              I have used a nice utility ($.exe from https://github.com/neosmart/RunInBash), which makes this look a bit better:
              C:\Windows>dir | $ grep '\ss' | $…

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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

                5 votes
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                • Add: SQL Server database support for WSL

                  I am using Ubuntu bash in Windows 10 falls creator update. I am so in love with it, I went ahead and created multiple .NET Core applications, including MVC web apps in Linux. Now what I am missing is support for Native SQL Server database in WSL. I want to use the WSL as a self contained Dev environment for .NET Core development in Linux without bothering about having another Linux VM or so.
                  Please add this feature so that we could at-least install SQL server developer edition in WSL and can build great data driven apps.

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                  • Allow Offline Licenses for WSL Distributions on the Windows Store

                    Currently, WSL distributions are not available with offline licenses, if they are added to a company's Windows Store for Business, they need to be explicitly assigned to end users. Making WSL distributions available with an offline deployment would help smooth deployment of WSL for enterprises that have locked down the Windows Store. The current workaround of manually downloading via https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-on-server#install-a-linux-distribution isn't really great, there's no good way to keep track of updates, the distrubtion winds up in a directory we don't really want, etc.

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

                      Shell escape sequence to set color in console.

                      https://github.com/chriskempson/base16-shell

                      This changes the current color scheme using escape sequence, and it's really handy, for example, you ssh into a server, and your color scheme changes (like red background for prod server)

                      2 votes
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                      • fcntl(F_SETFD, 0) failed:Invalid argument

                        After installing cpanm with sudo apt install cpanm, attempting to install Server::Start with

                        cpanm Server::Starter

                        hangs on an infinite loop:

                        stat("/tmp/DyfOTwwiZ6", 0x953298) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
                        time([1512700980]) = 1512700980
                        nanosleep({1, 0}, 0x7fffdde1f360) = 0
                        time([1512700981]) = 1512700981
                        stat("/tmp/DyfOTwwiZ6", 0x953298) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
                        time([1512700981]) = 1512700981
                        nanosleep({1, 0}, 0x7fffdde1f360) = 0

                        This appears to be caused by the child process in the test dying because an fcntl call fails. To get more information, you can run

                        sudo cpanm Server::Starter --look

                        then typing

                        $ perl Build.PL
                        $ ./Build test
                        t/00-base.t ............ ok
                        t/01-starter.t…

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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…

                            9 votes
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                            • Create simple configuration files like bash_profile and bashrc, but for CMD

                              Powershell is a pain to use for non .NET developers, and having to play around with configuration via menus is very tedious.

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                              • It works Ok in most situation. However, the interface is mostly out of date. I needs more customization

                                It needs more customization. You can looks at iterm2 for the ideas

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                                • Implement the && statement separator in Powershell

                                  Support a series of commands separated by &&, just like CMD and Bash do. Example:

                                  git fetch && git checkout origin/master && msbuild /m

                                  Halt execution when any command returns a non-zero exit value, without making the user set $ErrorActionPreference

                                  Similar item over on windowsserver.uservoice.com has several votes:

                                  https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/301869-powershell/suggestions/11087898-implement-the-and-operators-that-bash-has

                                  2 votes
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                                  • 9 votes
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                                    • Double click to enter selection mode

                                      Now the selection mode starts to work when you just click on a console window. Sometimes you don't want it, and it may cause losing of contents of the clipboard. It is better to use double click for entering this mode.

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                                      • xterm modifyOtherKeys - ^1 C-1 Ctrl+1 Ctrl+number

                                        Support the xterm "modifyOtherKeys" feature, so that combinations of Ctrl/Alt/Meta can be used with number keys. For example, Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2 ... Ctrl+9.

                                        Currently the terminal only supports Shift+number and Alt+number.

                                        C-1: 1 (i.e. not different form a plain 1 keystroke)
                                        C-2: ^@
                                        C-3: ^[
                                        C-4: ^\
                                        C-5: ^]
                                        C-6: ^^
                                        C-7: ^_
                                        C-8: ^?
                                        C-9: 9 (i.e. plain 9)
                                        C-0: 0 (i.e. plain 0)

                                        If "modifyOtherKeys" is set, then these keys would send:
                                        C-1: ^[[27;5;49~
                                        C-2: ^[[27;5;50~
                                        C-3: ^[[27;5;51~
                                        C-4: ^[[27;5;52~
                                        C-5: ^[[27;5;53~
                                        C-6: ^[[27;5;54~
                                        C-7: ^[[27;5;55~
                                        C-8: ^[[27;5;56~
                                        C-9: ^[[27;5;57~
                                        C-0: ^[[27;5;48~

                                        Similar keystrokes apply for Ctrl+Alt+number and Ctrl+Shift+number,…

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                                        • how to ensure the latest WSL is running after windows update ?

                                          sorry if this is the wrong place for questions and support
                                          i have received the 1709 windows update
                                          afaict wsl is still running fine but has it been upgraded, too ?
                                          how can i tell ?
                                          should i uninstall then reinstall from the store ? would i then still be running 16.04 as i'd rather stay on tyhe LTS release ...

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