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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!

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  1. Run bash.exe from within VB6 Code by means of Shell() & Cmd.exe Please Support it for inter operability of Linux and Windows applications

    I am Wondering Why bash.exe is not running from Shell() function inside
    a Visual basic6 program code though CMD.exe and bash.exe are on
    the path= "C:\Windows\System32\" , File not found raised as the error.

    and here is the Code List in VB6 that Can not launch
    bash.exe using Shell() with or without CMD.exe.

    Option Explicit

    Private Const WAIT_INFINITE = -1&
    Private Const SYNCHRONIZE = &H100000

    Private Declare Function OpenProcess Lib "kernel32" _
    (ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, _
    ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, _
    ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long

    Private Declare Function WaitForSingleObject Lib "kernel32" _
    (ByVal hHandle As Long, _ …

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      2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add "start" like the one from cmd.exe

      So you know how you can run "start myprogram" in the regular cmd.exe? Something like that for text based applications running in WSL. So if I wanted to download packages in a seperate window, I could run something like "start sudo apt get upgrade" straight from WSL. Also, an option to auto-terminate the window would be great.

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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support for IDEA exposure for the Linux dev tools like git and mvn, make etc

        While the WSL is a great tool and is powerfull, there is a realy big gap were having now. I need to redudntly install stuff if I use an IDEA (like intellij or eclipse). To expose git to these tools. I can try to be creative with bat scripts to expose some of the bash native git. But then there is achance to get a "Cannot launch bash because another instance is running un-elevated. Elevated and un-elevated instances are not permitted to run simultaneously." response (and break your bat script).

        What I would love to see a way to be…

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          2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • /etc/resolv.conf and secondary DNS suffixes

          I wasn't able to find an existing idea for this issue, so I am creating a new one.

          This is really a bug report, but the GitHub issue at https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/701 says to provide feedback here, so...

          There are two problems to report.

          One: the /etc/resolv.conf file is autogenerated when a new WSL session starts, but WSL only pulls in the DNS suffix for the primary domain for the "search" line. The result is that by default, only hosts in the primary domain can be resolved using short/unqualified names. If you need to resolve other short/unqualified hostnames in WSL, you have…

          23 votes
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            2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add posix message queue support in WSL

            Add Posix message queue support in WSL (Ubuntu). mq_open function is failing with error "Function not implemented"

            2 votes
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            • Backup/Restore/Share/Snapshot a WSL installation

              Backup / Restore / Snapshot a WSL installation.

              For development puproses it would be very nice to ba able to backup a WSL installtion and to resore it on the same or another(!) PC.

              Provide a means of 'going back' (like a VMware snapshot) when a WSL installation became unstable, bloated, corrupt.

              BTW is there a way to have more than one Ubuntu installations at the same time?

              Best regards.

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              • errors on Kali Linux......

                Window 10 is the best os ever and Kali Linux is the best app ever on windows 10.....but there are many errors in Kali Linux wsl Microsoft.....there are many app which are not working.....like airmon-ng....nmap......and many more.....please fix this guys.....

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

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                    0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add gnumeric support for WSL

                      It would be nice if I could apt install gnumeric.
                      Gnumeric is the only application I really miss on windows.

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                        2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

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                          1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support ctrl+c signals for windows applications launched from WSL/bash

                          In short: Make ctrl+c interrupt / kill windows applications launched from WSL.

                          In long: At the moment windows executables launched from bash / WSL do not terminate when I ctrl+c the process. For example I might launch a compilation step which uses a windows .exe, and then decide to cancel it and modify something first. After ctrl+C the bash terminal thinks the process is stopped and lets me begin typing new commands, but the compilation keeps running and spills output into the terminal. Any file locks etc. will also be held which might block further commands I want to execute.…

                          62 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Have dev/shm actually use RAM instead of system drive

                            dev/shm appears to be using disk space as creating objects there decreases available space and IO speed is significantly limited.

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                              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Proper colours on terminal output.

                              Directory listings 'bible' and 'tests' for instance seem to have text background and proper text foreground colours switched https://twitter.com/windowsdev/status/979730837259411459. Text background colour should match background colour. Not very readable in current state.

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                              • Is it possible to add a Command to Run ... Which brings Up Ubonto GUI interface just Like GUI command available in MATLAB.

                                Is it possible to add a Command to Run ... Which brings Up Ubuntu GUI interface just Like GUI command available in MATLAB

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                                • Open command bash and windows closed after I hit enter

                                  Open command bash and windows closed after I hit enter. Any idea how to fix it?

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                                  • Run services when Windows starts?

                                    In Bash, I can set services to boot on startup with something like this:

                                    sudo systemctl enable application.service

                                    However, it would be really handy if certain Bash services started when Windows started. (especially for web servers, database engines etc.)

                                    I know the way Windows and Linux does services is quite different but as an example, it would be great if I could start Windows and know that my local MongoDB server is all fired up and ready to go.

                                    Would love to know other peoples thoughts on this and if it's at all feasible?

                                    Thanks, Anthony
                                    Twitter: @anthonycook

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                                      7 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow to set file permissions on NTFS partitions from WSL

                                      Allow commands like chmod to set file permissions on NTFS partitions. Currently WSL supports a limited one way permission mapping from Windows ACL's to POSIX permissions but it needs to be 2-way. Many basic tasks like using ssh keys or working with git repos require being able to set file permissions. It doesn't even matter that much to which exactly windows ACL certain permissions map as long as they are consistent (e.g. setting perms with chmod and then getting them with stat should result in exact same perms).

                                      This is a followup to this closed issue: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/13309479-emulate-posix-compliant-filesystem-permissions

                                      39 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • It isn't bad but needs work.

                                        Packages like rsyslogd, should not by default attempt to do things that are unsupported in the system, like for example create directories in /proc, or attempt to set SO_TIMESTAMP on /dev/log.

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                                        • Supporting uclust on qiime1 for microbiome analysis

                                          Please support uclust on qiime1 due to performing microbiome analysis from raw DNA sequencing data.
                                          I tried to install qiime1 with miniconda3 on WSL (Windows10 Home, version 1709, OS build 16299.192, 64 bit operating system) recently and last year.
                                          But it resulted in error like Mr. Schenck (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/qiime-forum/uY1rD38CFPM).

                                          The error was that Uclust isn't supported.
                                          I think that WSL can't recognize uclust version because WSL couldn't answer uclust version at that time when I asked it.
                                          I would be grateful if you support uclust on qiime1 on miniconda3 on WSL.

                                          Actual flow
                                          1. Install qiime1 according to QIIME1…

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