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  1. 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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    • ConHost should support OTF fonts

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

      3 votes
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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.

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          3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • More general console color tool

          The current version of console color tool on GitHub has a very limited range of usage. It can only change colors of cmd and Powershell but not of WSL or other console programs.
          The color tool should be integrated with the console properties so that we can easily change colors of WSL or any other console programs.

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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Copy and Paste Multiple items

            The Ability to copy multiple items at same time and paste from the copied selection items
            we can enhance the feature by adding labeling when Copying items as hints

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            • _write fails to write non-ASCII characters to console(fd=1,2) after setlocale(LC_ALL, ".utf-8");

              SetConsoleOutputCP(65001);
              _write(1, u8"ENU中文\n", 10); // succeeds
              setlocale(LC_ALL, ".utf-8");
              _write(1, u8"ENU中文\n", 10); // fails
              ----
              Probably because the internal function 'write_double_translated_ansi_nolock' assumes that setlocale only supports SBCS/DBCS but not UTF-8, which is no longer true in RS4.
              The code file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Source\10.0.17134.0\ucrt\lowio\write.cpp

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              • 1 vote
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                • ReadConsoleA & ReadFile & 'type con' fails to read non-ASCII chars when code page is 65001

                  Note: ReadConsoleW works because it is 'code page-independent'. WSL works because of some internal workarounds.
                  Re-inventing the wheel which is an iterator translating UTF-16 to UTF-8 each individual project is rather boring.
                  This annoyes me a lot since I was interested in using UTF-8 in Windows console.

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                  • 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.

                    2 votes
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                    • 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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                      • Support installing and fully uninstalling from CMD/Powershell

                        I use Windows for about 25 years now but I never used the Windows store. Never had a reason to. I don't want to install and uninstall WSL form Windows store.

                        I'd like to install it, or fullly uninstall WSL (Ubuntu in my case) directly form CLI. I assume I'm not the only one.

                        By "full uninstall" I mean to delete all the file system, including files that were created customly , like som .sh files in the user's directory.

                        2 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Libsixel support for CMD/Powershell/WSL

                          I would like native libsixel support as the only current way to run it is as per this comment https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1099#issuecomment-248513013. If possible, this support would be for for all terminals. This would prove extremely useful in performing quick research without having to leave the terminal.

                          12 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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?

                            6 votes
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                            • 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' | $…

                              2 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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                                • 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.

                                  6 votes
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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,…

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Really need a visual bell for accessibility reasons

                                      Implement an option to enable a visual bell and another to disable the audible bell. This would greatly improve accessibility of the console and provide a quieter option for the tab-centric autocompletionist.

                                      1 vote
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                                      • Please have Vim built-in with Windows Console

                                        So instead of opening a new text editor window, it just opens with Vim inside the CLI.

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Replace the titlebar colour into black. White titlebar is distracting to CLI contents.

                                          The current white titlebar (when not using the optional theme color) is really distracting and just looks out-of-place on CLI.

                                          I suggest that the console window should be like this: https://imgur.com/a/UQZS9

                                          This is Hyper, a 3rd-party terminal app. An example of modern looking CLI that I think Windows deserve to have out-of-the-box. It is clean and way more focused to the CLI itself rather than the GUI chrome.

                                          2 votes
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