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  1. 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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      • 1 vote
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        • Enable/Install WSL within a Docker Windows container

          Hi everyone,

          I am wanting to enable and install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature from within a Docker windowsservrecore container.
          However, due to the fact that Docker containers are more like full-environment-processes than VMs,
          and because WSL feature installation requires a 'system reboot'; this has proven troublesome.

          I have seen solutions that other people have figured out for installing features that normally 'require reboot' in a Docker windows container:
          - e.g. Active Directory support: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/containerstuff/2017/01/30/create-a-container-with-active-directory-support/
          - e.g. Server Media Foundation: https://www.impostorprogrammer.com/articles/docker/media_foundation_windows_containers.html

          So I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or has managed something similar for getting WSL…

          3 votes
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          • WSL add ability to scroll up

            In the WSL you should be able to scroll up and see your previous sessions commands/output (much like you can with cmd). Currently you only get what you can see on the screen, forcing you remember to pipe everything to less.

            2 votes
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            • Support for sparse files in LxFS (flow type checker fails) WSL#1732

              This issue says it better than I can:

              https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1732

              Real Linux:

              $ truncate -s 27927781376 foo
              $ ls -l foo
              -rw-r--r-- 1 ken ken 27927781376 Feb 27 21:00 foo
              $ du --block-size=1 foo
              0 foo

              WSL 15042:

              $ truncate -s 27927781376 foo
              $ ls -l foo
              -rw-r--r-- 1 ken ken 27927781376 Feb 27 21:00 foo
              $ du --block-size=1 foo
              27927781376 foo

              4 votes
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              • Kinect Support

                I am currently working on a project that involves an Xbox Kinect with ROS (The Robot Operating System) and currently, the Linux console/subsystem doesn't have support for the Xbox Kinect. This feature would be highly appreciated.

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                • I want to use a different locale for each terminal. Like LANG=C.

                  I want a way to switch the locale for each console. Like LANG=C. This will be easy to get more feedback and Issue from non-English speaking countries. I think.

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                  • Support for DECAWM escape sequence

                    "CSI ? 7 l" or "CSI ? 7 h" (disables or enables auto-wrapping) is available since VT100 but it is still not supported by the Windows Console.

                    We are currently developing an internal log viewer tool, and it would be a lot easier if we wouldn't have to find a workaround which can be used instead of that escape sequence.

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                    • Add support for FAT "Function not implemented"

                      Add support for FAT drives mounted in windows to be accessible under WSL.

                      Currently, you receive "Function not implemented"

                      This would allow Google Drive to be accessible under WSL.

                      6 votes
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                      • Add support for SFTP for cURL

                        In Windows 1803 you shipped cURL with Windows (yay!) but it doesn't support SFTP. It supports other secure transfers (https) but not SFTP. Please add support for SFTP in the cURL that ships with Windows.

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                        • Kernel thread creation is not working in WSL

                          Yesterday I was in my operative system class, and we were studyng about user and kernel thread creation.

                          The user thread example ran well, using the pthread library in C. But when I ran the kernel thread example, it failed and I couldn't create the thread. For that example we used the macro clone in library sched.h

                          I'd be good if WSL could support that type of thread creation.

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                          • Copied selection should include newlines instead of spaces

                            When copying multiple lines, WSL doesn't detect newlines, and simply includes ~hundred spaces depending on the line length.

                            Example: if I copy the output of `echo -e "hi\nhi\nhi"`, WSL will actually capture "hi hi hi" instead of "hi
                            hi
                            hi"

                            2 votes
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                            • Command line needs more love for developers. It doesn't feel on par with the Linux/Mac development experience.

                              Appeareance is simply ugly.

                              Windows should strive to attract more talented developers. User Experience (for Developers!) also matters.

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                              • Option to have double-clicking text not include a trailing white space character

                                Similar to how we were given the option to use ctrl+shift+c/v to cut and paste, it would be great if we could double-click text inside a terminal and not have it select a trailing white space character. Similar to how a Linux terminal works.

                                3 votes
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                                • Support Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb

                                  Both Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb fail on WSL as of build 18204. This is due to an issue with mmap described at https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/658 and https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/902

                                  Please fix the mmap issue so that lmdb and Oracle Berkeley DB, and projects relying on them, work in WSL.

                                  11 votes
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                                  • Console window title: please replace "Administrator: " with something shorter or even remove it

                                    Command prompts opened as administrator are indistinguishable in the task bar because of the long prefix "Administrator: " added to its title.
                                    The `title` command changes only the part of the title that goes after this prefix. Please do something about it: shorten it to "Admin:", or even just "A", or a bomb emoji, or change the icon in the task bar and remove the prefix altogether, or add a setting for the user to choose, etc.

                                    People go as far as modifying cmd.exe in a hex editor to get rid of this prefix:
                                    https://serverfault.com/questions/35561/how-to-remove-administrator-from-the-command-promt-title

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                                    • wslpath: output path in quotes

                                      Please add a feature to the wslpath WSL tool to output the converted path in quotes. This would allow easy piping even if the path contains spaces.

                                      Currently:
                                      $ wslpath "C:\Path to\My file.txt"
                                      /mnt/c/Path to/my file.txt

                                      Desired:
                                      $ wslpath "C:\Path to\My file.txt"
                                      "/mnt/c/Path to/my file.txt"

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                                      • Command to convert Windows path to WSL path

                                        I'd like a command (to use in batch files) to convert a Windows path to a path usable in WSL.

                                        For example:
                                        C:\Users\me\Desktop -> /mnt/c/Users/me/Desktop
                                        "D:\Photos\2018 Holiday" -> /mnt/d/Photos/2018\ Holiday

                                        Makes it easier to call bash scripts from a Windows batch file with files/directories as parameters.

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                                        • vsyscall problem

                                          I'm not sure if the problem with emulating vsyscall as described in https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1462 is now considered to be a feature of WSL. It seems it has been marked as such. The upshot is that many scientific Linux programs we use at work cannot run on WSL. Does anybody know what the status of this issue is or if it will be addressed?

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