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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. 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

    15 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • "where" command does not support translated directory names

      Today I tripped over what's probably a bug (or at least a missing feature) in the "where" command.

      I have a (third party) batch file that uses Java's "keytool.exe" and checks for its existence in the PATH with "where keytool".

      Since I didn't have it on the path yet, I added

      C:\Programme\Java\jdk1.8.0_45\bin

      to the PATH via the system properties. ("Programme" being the translated German directory name for "Program Files".

      I started a new command line prompt, and tested it: Running just "keytool" (from outside the Java bin directory of course) worked just fine . However "where keytool" said that it…

      1 vote
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        0 comments  ·  Windows Command-Line  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support AF_PACKET address family (tcpdump/wireshark...)

        From https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1628

        It would be great to get support for AF_PACKET, as some networking tools or software rely on that.

        Samples of tool that won't work without it:
        - tcpdump (socket: Invalid argument)
        - wireshark
        - some nmap functions
        - Scapy

        1,065 votes
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          173 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Can I explicitly start/stop a Linux subsystem?

          Hello, I'm a WSL user, sometimes I just start a bash window and bring up services such as MySQL or nginx on that window, but when I close the bash window, the background process(nginx or MySQL services) are gone, I think It's because the bash window is closed.
          So Is there a way to let the background process running while all Bash windows are closed? Or can this be added as a new feature in the future? Thanks.

          18 votes
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            2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 189 votes
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              3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Custom interior padding

              Would be a great thing to be able to set the interior padding in Powershell (to something else than the default of 1 px).

              Other people have talked about this before, for example see: https://superuser.com/questions/1123126/adding-padding-to-powershell-window-just-as-in-css

              1 vote
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                0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

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

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support kernel namespaces and cgroups (for Docker, headless Chrome, ...)

                    Kernel namespaces are a Linux feature that enables sandboxing (used in things like headless browsers) and containerization (i.e. Docker).

                    It would be great if WSL supported those scenarios.

                    23 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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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                        1 comment  ·  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.

                        5 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add support to go to developmental builds within the Linux builds

                          Currently we are only able to run the current stable build for say Ubuntu (16.04 LTS). After changing the config file to allow all upgrades available in developmental release after upgrading to FSU, I now am unable to perform the upgrade to 16.10 and higher. I would like to see support to have the ability to upgrade to the latest versions available so that we won't have to download the development build and place it in a VM or Docker container for testing purposes.

                          6 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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?

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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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                                2 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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

                                54 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • ssh-agent not persisting added identities

                                  title stolen from superuser forum, this is a deal breaker as an admin, I need the ssh-agent to "just work" every time I open WSL. right now I have to run commands to add identities every time I reboot or restart bash. I just find myself going back to putty to log into hosts so I don't have to go through the process of | eval $(ssh-agent) -> ssh-add <username>.pem blah blah

                                  7 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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

                                    5 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add: SQL Server database support for WSL

                                      I am using Ubuntu bash in Windows 10 falls creator update. I am so in love with it, I went ahead and created multiple .NET Core applications, including MVC web apps in Linux. Now what I am missing is support for Native SQL Server database in WSL. I want to use the WSL as a self contained Dev environment for .NET Core development in Linux without bothering about having another Linux VM or so.
                                      Please add this feature so that we could at-least install SQL server developer edition in WSL and can build great data driven apps.

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

                                        7 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  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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