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  1. i386 support

    Currently it does not seem to be possible to execute 32-bit Linux ELF binaries in WSL environment. Generally this is not a big deal if the source of the program is available in a way or another, however, there is quite a lot of 32-bit proprietary tools that are distributed in binary-only form, and currently those are unusable within WSL.

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    • Optimize disk I/O speed

      Due to administrative requirements, I cannot disable windows defender in the WSL directory - right now, all disk I/O is **very** slow (10x slower than native windows) - is disk I/O already fully optimized? 5-10x slower sounds pretty bugworthy.

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      • Support wsl --import gzipped tar file

        wsl --import now supports only plain tar.
        But, WSL Distro in MS Store contains gzipped tar file.
        tar.exe could not extract a tar file from tar.gz.

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        • Use WSL as Linux VM for Docker for Windows

          "Docker for Windows" would greatly benefit from using WSL instead of their ever failing MobyLinuxVM.

          https://github.com/docker/for-win/issues/267#issuecomment-449234581-permalink

          Perhaps you may assist the "Docker for Windows" team in migrating away from their malfunctioning Linux VM towards utilizing WSL.

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          • Support Unicode in more, type and other commands

            When I pipe console.log("hello it’s time"); or simply type it, it gets mangled. This also happens in PowerShell (I presume because it uses the DOS commands

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            • 😡 Please drop the name "Linux" until you actually implement the full Linux kernel

              You lured people into WSL thinking the devs are not needing the full kernel.

              But many people asked for the full linux kernel features.

              Until you make it full kernel abi and api compatible, please drop the name Linux from WSL!!! 😡😡😡

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/35413555-support-for-sparse-files-in-lxfs-flow-type-checke

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13564380-do-nothing-except-implement-the-kernel-correctly

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13396686-access-to-real-linux-devices-in-dev

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/16759696-add-usb-device-support

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13818042-support-mounting-xfs-ext2-ext3-ext4-etc-partition

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/18870247-enable-kernel-header-support-as-well-as-linux-too

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/31120939-support-kernel-namespaces-and-cgroups-for-docker

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/17268746-add-support-for-kernel-modules

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/35094271-kernel-thread-creation-is-not-working-in-wsl

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13540620-shared-memory-needs-to-work-like-it-does-on-linux

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/20158108-support-for-bonding-kernel-driver

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/14731734-debug-symbol-for-wsl-kernel

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/32922883-please-add-criu-support

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/18019267-add-snappy-package-system-support

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/14378172-add-support-for-logical-volume-management-abstra

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/17105311-install-pref-in-ubuntu-bash-in-windows-linux-tool

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/18019348-lxc-cgroups-support

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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 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.

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                    • 7 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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                        • NAME environment variable: what is this for?

                          Hi, in my ubuntu WSL shell the "NAME" environment variable is set to my hostname.

                          user@myhost:~$ env | grep NAME
                          NAME=myhost
                          LOGNAME=user
                          user@myhost:~$ cat /etc/hostname
                          myhost

                          As far as I know, NAME is not a "standard" variable in unix-like environments.
                          This is causing me troubles with examples makefiles from the book "Test-Driven Development for Embedded C" by James Grenning. (It took me a while to figure out ...)

                          I'd like to know where this is set and if it is possible to disable it or update it to a less generic name.

                          I searched in /etc and .bash* but could…

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                          • explorer

                            WSL feature request: Make "open <path>" open the Windows Explorer at the specified path (e.g. "open ." to open the current directory). The MacOS terminal allows this, and it's very useful. Ideally, specifying a file, like, "open somefile.pdf" would open the file with its default association (e.g. Acrobat Reader in the example).

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                            • Support custom baud rate ioctls for COM ports

                              In addition to the already-requested ioctls for RTS/DTR control, support for custom baud rate ioctls would be terrific. Specifically required to support ESP8266 development (the module console is fixed at 74880).

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                              • Make headless WSL images freely available

                                WSL is an amazing piece of work, and despite most developers knowing about it by now, the workflow for actually making use of it is incredibly constrained.

                                As a lifelong Microsoft user (and oftentimes vocal advocate) recently returning to Windows after 10 years of OS X, I'm a little depressed to find bug reports in my projects that have been sitting idle for months that turned out to be simple 1 line fixes, that I could not test because WSL is so inaccessible.

                                It seems that, if for no other reason than allowing people to debug simple WSL problems or…

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                                • 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

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                                  • Publish nuget package for managed pseudo terminal

                                    It would be great if you published a netstandard (Windows-only, but useable in Framework or Core) nuget package with a robust managed wrapper using code similar to whats in your MiniTerm example. As part of your existing open source repo, we could all help on developing it so people need only reference an official nuget package and easily make their own ConPTY clients.

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                                    • Acting on Windows 10 Network Adapters

                                      I don't seem to be able to modify Windows network settings from inside the Ubuntu WSL shell.
                                      Doing "ifconfig wlan0 off" doesn't turn the wifi off, neither other commands or softwares I tried.
                                      Is there any way to turn off network adapters from inside the shell?

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                                      • Combined Process List Between WSL and Windows

                                        I'd love to see the process list that's available from CMD's "tasklist" added to WSL's "ps" command. I understand that'll take some process ID juggling, but I think it's doable. If I'm in a bash shell and I do a "ps auxww" I'd love to see *every* process running on the box, not just what's in WSL.

                                        That would also allow me to kill them from within the bash shell vs doing it via cmd. Yes, I know I can "cmd /c tasklist" and "cmd /c taskkill" from bash. I'd rather see it done via the built in "ps" and…

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