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  1. Upgrading WSL to the new Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and some comments & suggestions.

    I've been using WSL on Windows 10 laptop for well over a year now, and have been relying on it so much for local development of my Linux work, that it's been months since I last booted into the Linux partition.

    I know that if I'm doing any low-level work, I may have issues, but so far, my experience has been great. Whatever I write on WSL, as long as it passes my gtest unit test cases, I can be sure that it will also work on other Linuxen.

    I've been using apt to install new packages, and Xenial Xerus…

    6 votes
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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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      • 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.

        13 votes
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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.

          1 vote
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          • Bidirectional text support

            There are a few languages that can be written right-to-left (RTL), sometimes intermixing with the left-to-right pieces, like numbers or English words. It is crucial for Middle East countries to support this everywhere. Some Linux console programs, like Konsole or Mlterm already support it, but there is ongoing work everywhere else. It would be awesome if Microsoft will lead the way and help with adoption.

            See [1] and [2] for more information.

            [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bi-directional_text

            [2] https://www.w3.org/International/articles/inline-bidi-markup/uba-basics

            2 votes
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            • Two accounts, one box --

              I have administrator and personal accounts on my laptop. I installed ubuntu18.04 on the administrator account. There does not seem to be any way for the personal account to access the administrators ubuntu. (1) is it possible; (2) if not, can it be made so; (3) if it cannot, this would probably be a good idea (multiple account access to a single installation). If you think about it, this is the way "real" linux installations are.

              2 votes
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              • Block device support for embedded systems

                I would like to be able to build the yocto project for embedded Linux natively which is possible currently. However I am unable to dd to /dev/sda to deploy it to the target because It is an external block device. Do we know if this will ever be supported?

                9 votes
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                • Open bash in current folder from context menu

                  I would love a right-click option in a folder to open the current folder in a WSL distro. right click to open in the folder C:\Users\account would open a terminal in /mnt/C/Users/account

                  128 votes
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                  • Andoid Distro Support

                    I'm very happy about Ubuntu / SUSE / Fedora options for WSL. But isn't Android based on Linux as well? It would be AMAZING to be able to test/run Android apps using WSL, as other Linux apps are able to run GUIs in Windows in the current version.

                    33 votes
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                    • 3 votes
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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,…

                        5 votes
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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.

                          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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                            • 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

                              3 votes
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                              • 64 votes
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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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                                  • 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.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • BUG: /etc/resolv.conf contents destroyed

                                      Using Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS from Windows Store, I find I need to add additional domain names to the search line. Editing the /etc/resolv.conf file as root, I find:

                                      # This file was automatically generated by WSL. To stop automatic generation of this file, remove this line.

                                      So I removed the line, saved my changes, closed and reopened the emulator. My changes do not take effect, the file was re-written again. Please fix this.

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                                      • Could you add /dev/fb0?

                                        I really want to see X work in WSL.

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                                        • /proc/sys/fs/file-max does not exist

                                          I am attempting to run a bioinformatics pipeline using WSL. This pipeline relies on information within /proc/sys/fs/file-max.

                                          On standard Linux distros, this file is a plain text buffer containing an integer. WSL does not appear to have this file.

                                          [error] On machine: **omitted**, /proc/sys/fs/file-max does not exist.

                                          Reproduce by running the following command on WSL and compare to a Linux system.

                                          $ cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max

                                          File does not exist.

                                          A plain text buffer containing an integer should be present.

                                          4 votes
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