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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. 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 →
    • 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.

      4 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Selecting text shouldn't pause program

        Many people run into the unexpected behavior that accidentally selecting text on the console causes their program to pause when it tries to write to the output stream.

        While text is selected, the console should continue to read from the output stream, and have some different way to provide stable text selection (freeze the scrollbar, or just render the text after the selection ended?).

        Here's some other users who probably find the current behavior unintuitive:
        https://superuser.com/questions/555160/windows-command-prompt-freezing-on-focus
        https://superuser.com/questions/459609/what-does-it-do-exactly-if-i-click-in-the-window-of-cmd

        7 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add msgget and all function to control message queue

            Message queue (IPC) doesn't work.
            Errno message says that the function has not yet been implemented.
            lsb_release:
            Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • DrvFS support for "Shared Folders" in Virtual Machines

              DrvFS is unable to access the "shared folders" of a host machine when running inside a VM like VMware.

              We often use VMs for testing and shared folders are a great way to move data between the host and different VMs.

              For details see https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1959 and https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1954

              44 votes
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                2 comments  ·  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' | $…

                1 vote
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                  1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Reflect Windows proxy setting to http_proxy

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

                  1 vote
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                    0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 ...

                    1 vote
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                      2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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

                      1 vote
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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?

                        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.

                          5 votes
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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.

                            1 vote
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                            • 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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                              • 2 votes
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                                • Please backport WSL fixes addressed in Insider builds to current stable Windows (FCU currently)

                                  There are a couple of fixes for things such as https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/2448 that are in the process of being backported. My request is just an extension of that to include ALL WSL fixes (current and future) to be backported to FCU until the next stable release. It makes no sense for organizations that need the fixes to continue developing but can't use Insider builds to just be forced to put projects on hold or harder simply because Microsoft only keeps the fixes to the latest Insider build only. If WSL is truly considered no longer beta and is getting full support…

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Make core dump files available in WSL

                                    When a process crashes on WSL it does not generate a core dump, even if the necessary configuration is in place.

                                    This is critical for debugging complex issues during development.

                                    Referencing this issue: https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1262

                                    17 votes
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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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                                      • Shift+Tab / Backtab escape

                                        iTerm (and presumably others) supports a ^[[Z~ escape sequence for Shift+Tab. I've been doing some work on PSReadLine to improve ANSI escape support, and this would be a really helpful addition for the completion commands.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Duplicate / Clone the current console window similar to putty's duplicate session

                                          I'd really like an option to right click the WSL console window and duplicate / clone it. Sometimes I'm working on a tab and I start a task then I decide to running another task in same path. It would be great if I could just duplicate the window and keep working from there.

                                          Putty already has a similar feature for SSH Connections though, by pressing duplicate session

                                          3 votes
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