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  1. Support other POSIX systems, not just Linux

    Don't just use Linux, but support the running of other OS such as FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenIndiana, not on WSL but another subsystem.

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    • Support other POSIX systems, not just Linux.

      Don't just have plain Linux, but support the running of other OS such as FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenIndiana, not on WSL but another subsystem.

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      • QuickEdit select should automatically copy

        After using Linux for 30 years, some habits are very hard to change.
        One of the things that are in muscle-memory is
        - select text with mouse
        - change to other window
        - middle-button to paste

        Middle-button or Right-button is one thing, but I always forget to right-click to copy after selecting so I end up pasting something quite unintended .....

        Can we please have auto-copy-on-select when using QuickEdit? It's even quicker that way :-)

        Regards,
        Bent

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        • relocate Temp folder

          for person using SSD and have a large memory (for example, I myself), it may be better to relocate "Temp" folder to another location (e.g., just put them into RAM-disk)
          but either using mklink/j or mklink/d will got an error 0x80070057 or 0x80070780 or something like that.
          it there any method to relocate Temp folder?

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            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 3 votes
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            • Easier way to reinstall WSL distros

              Request: An easier way reinstall distros.
              it was previously possible to do it with lxrun, but now with wslconfig it is more manual

              When experimenting I break my installs a lot and want to get back to a clean start.
              Previously i could run
              lxrun /uninstall /full /y ; lxrun /install
              Which would blow it away, and then put it back on.

              But now according to the docs at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/wsl-config
              You now run
              wslconfig /unregister <DistributionName>
              and then need to go back into the windows store and manually install it again.
              An automated way to do it like we could…

              2 votes
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              • make /d the default behavior for CD

                Today when I work in CMD after each cd I type /d, isn't better to include it by default?

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                • Proper SSO for Bash on Ubuntu on Windows using Keystore/Credential Manager

                  Please can we have proper SSO for SSH - I mean if I have logged onto windows why can't ssh get keys from the windows keystore / credential manager

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                  • Making DrvFS fmask=111 usable

                    (from https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/3267)

                    At the moment when using a git repo on DrvFS, all new files will be created as +x, which git detects and sets core.filemode=false. Enabling fmask=111 in drvfs options fixes this, but that breaks all .exe interop, since those need the +x bit too.

                    As mentioned in the WSL bug, this can be worked around by adding an explicit mount with the options in fstab, but those entries are not auto-mapped when invoking `bash.exe` or `wsl.exe` from windows, meaning either you need to manually mount without fmask any PATH entries and re-write the WSL-side mapped paths, or…

                    3 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add framebuffer support (/dev/fb0)

                      First of all, WSL is great! Thanks for this amazing feature!

                      Now, please support frame-buffer device implementation, we develop many C/C++ apps that draws its graphs directly by open fb like this:

                      int open_framebuffer(void)
                      {
                      const char *fbname;
                      int ret;

                      fbname = getenv("FB");
                      if (fbname == 0)
                      fbname = "/dev/fb0";

                      ret = open(fbname, O_RDWR);
                      if (ret == -1)
                      ret = open("/dev/fb/0", O_RDWR);

                      return ret;
                      }

                      WSL has no framebuffer device yet, so please bring us a complete fb0 device!

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make the per-directory case sensitivity flag (CaseSensitiveInfo) inherited to new child directories

                        I'm experimenting with moving my web development environment from MacOS to Windows 10. I wouldn't have considered the possibility a few years ago, but WSL and related linux compatibility improvements are looking really great! Unfortunately I have run into a bit of a sticking point around file system case sensitivity.

                        Since my projects require a case sensitive file system (deployed to linux servers) I was happy to learn about the new per-directory case sensitivity flag. The feature seems to be only partially complete though. Cloning my projects via git in WSL worked perfectly and all the directories were created with…

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                        • Add Windows Hello(e.g. fingerprint) support to WSL

                          Please add Windows Hello support for WSL, so that we can use fingerprint rather than enter root password in WSL

                          Thanks

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                            0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bridge to Windows ssh-agent service

                            At the moment I'm using putty on Windows together with its pageant tool, and inside WSL I use https://github.com/vuori/weasel-pageant , wich simply implements a bridge from inside WSL to use the pageant running on Windows.

                            Switching from putty to Win10 builtin ssh and ssh-agent service makes this unavailable. Would be great to be able to reuse the Windows ssh-agent service from inside WSL, so I only have to store my key(s) in one safe place on Windows.

                            2 votes
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                            • ConHost should support OTF fonts

                              More and more fonts are OTF rather than TTF (e.g. nerdfonts.com)

                              3 votes
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                              • Recursive file case sensitivity?

                                Can we get folder recursive case sensitivity? You've very recently added it with:
                                fsutil.exe file SetCaseSensitiveInfo C:\folder\path enable
                                what do we have to do to get full directory case sensitivity?

                                It's really confusing as to why this isn't implemented yet when NTFS has supported it forever and windows 10 has no more kernel excuse...

                                Is something like this necessary?

                                [string] $PathRoot = 'folder here'

                                [bool] $EnableCaseSensitivity = $true

                                @(Get-ChildItem -Path $PathRoot -Recurse -Directory | Select-Object -ExpandProperty 'FullName') | ForEach-Object {
                                cmd /c ('fsutil.exe file SetCaseSensitiveInfo "{0}" {1}' -f ($_,$(if($EnableCaseSensitivity){'enable'}else{'disable'})))
                                }

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                                • A command to confirm that linux is running on WSL

                                  There are many cases where it's useful to programmatically check whether linux is "regular" linux or WSL linus. E.g., in Python calling `sys.platform` just returns `linux`, not `linux-wsl` or something like this. It'd be helpful if there were a command line argument that could reliably confirm that the platform is WSL.

                                  3 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Inter WSL communication

                                    Since we can install different flavors of GNU (Ubuntu,Kali...), it would be great to be able to communicate between them in a simple way; eg to transfer keys, configuration files, etc, eventually to share folders through symbolic links.

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                                    • Allow refs to be mounted with metadata

                                      Since the last year I've been using ReFS a lot to store my data and I loved it so far. I am unable though to use apps that rely on different ownership of files that are stored in my ReFS partitions and especially those that won't run as root.

                                      In order to do so we need metadata option when mounting ReFS volumes to perform simple chown operations.

                                      Please consider implementing this for ReFS as well.

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                                      • Add a Win32 API for escaping/unescaping WSL paths with forbidden characters (e.g. : ? *)

                                        It is possible to create files in WSL that have characters in them that are not supported in windows (:?* etc.) and these are dutifully escaped to valid UNICODE sequences in NTFS. However, what is lacking in Win32 is a function that takes a (possibly) escaped UNICODE path and converts it to the UTF8 sequence that a WSL process sees, and back again. For example, a git repo with files containing characters that are unsupported in Windows (not too uncommon) will only be possible to work with in WSL - Git for Windows will see the WSL paths as deleted,…

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                                        • Add a stat()-like API to Win32 to access WSL file attributres

                                          Git for Windows currently runs into problems with file attributes if you have a repo that you use both with WSL (under /mnt/c) and native Windows tooling. If it was possible to set and get Unix file attributes from Windows, it would make interop easier. This would be similar in spirit to the AF_UNIX socket support that was recently introduced.

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