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  1. Linux like mouse click selection and copy/paste

    In *Nix systems we can drag select text. Alternatively double left-clicking will smartly select a word/path (etc) boundary. Clicking for the third time selects the entire line. In all instances above it will auto copy to the selection to the clipboard.

    Whilst we have some slightly better options with Quick edit and insert mode there's still some subtle differences than the experiences above.

    Can we more closely mimic this behaviour?

    117 votes
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      3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Alternate install location option would be nice

      Currently the only place the linux lxss folder can be located is inside the user's user profile directory. It'd be nice to be able to put this folder anywhere on any drive for those of us with small SSD c: drives.

      439 votes
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        11 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • VPN / Routing support in bash

        The Bash shell should understand VPN / routing changes in windows sow ssh works with DNS names and routing

        148 votes
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          5 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Access to "real" linux devices in /dev

          ...or at least to /dev/sda? (disks) block devices. It could be very powerful to run things like
          dd if=/dev/sda2 of=some-remote-mounted-volume/my-backup-C.img

          406 votes
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            13 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Related to “Add USB Device support”: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/16759696-add-usb-device-support

            This is a common ask and, now that we’ve gotten through most of the fundamental engineering, we’ll be more able to start looking-into device support sometime relatively soon, though no guarantees about when and what ;)

          • WSL: wayland/display manger support , may be easier or more efficient to implement then xorg

            I would rather see this then xorg it would likely be more efficient in the long run then trying to cobbled together some hacked up version of x
            wayland is closer to the kernel it would pair nicely with WSL

            86 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Sound card & ALSA support

              Consider adding support for sound cards & ALSA to WSL?

              259 votes
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                21 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                I want to point out that we have very clear that WSL does not support X/GUI desktops, apps, and tools.

                This said, we totally understand the utility of audio support in several scenarios. While this is not currently a high priority for us, it’s something we’ll definitely consider for the future.

                If you’re interested in accessibility & screen reader support, we’ve actually exposed the contents of the Windows Console to UIA for the first time in Fall Creators Update, allowing Narrator & other screen readers to read command-line output more easily: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/10/11/whats-new-in-windows-console-in-windows-10-fall-creators-update/

              • Things that we miss (Our experience using BashOnWindows)

                Hi, we are a team who work using node.js. We are very excited about BashOnWindow because using it, we can write bash scripts to setup, and start our development environment in any OS. There is only two things that we miss in order to use it efectively:

                * Launch new terminals: Since there is no graphic server, We can't run commands in a new terminal. For example, I can't write a script that starts 'webpack-dev-server' and 'meteor'. In practice, this is a huge limitation.

                * Lack of file exposure: If you copy a file from Windows to BashOnWindows using the…

                5 votes
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                • Wayland Compositor implementation and library integration

                  Currently, graphical programs in Linux use a variety of technologies to render their output. Microsoft has expressed interest in eventually supporting Linux-based GUI programs.

                  In order to implement this, Microsoft should implement a translation layer to allow WDDM to act as a Wayland compositor. Microsoft should also reroute calls to SDL, Cairo, and OpenGL to their respective Windows versions, which in the case of 1 and 3 are already mature (Cairo on Windows has an immature DX2D implementation and a mature Win32 GDI implementation).

                  While writing a whole compositor translation layer is likely a huge amount of work, it also…

                  33 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Use Bash in Visual studio

                    It would be nice if I can use Bash inside Visual studio just like use powershell in Visual Studio.

                    76 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Printing from Bash on Ubuntu on Windows (CUPS Print Spooler)

                      It would be great to be able to print from WSL using the familiar lp command, as one does in ordinary Linux. I've tried installing and starting CUPS, but am having problems doing so. Having a means of printing, whether using CUPS itself, or emulating CUPS by connecting it somehow to the Windows printing system, would be very useful.

                      10 votes
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                      • Consider making bash work better with VS and VS Code

                        It will be convenient if VS and VS Code can debug python and C/C++ console programs with python and gcc/g++ in WSL.

                        46 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • A file created in C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\lxss\root from Windows isn't visible in WSL

                          I would like to be able to create files in the WSL root directory using Windows tools (VSC, NotePad++...)

                          I can modify files there (e.g. .bashrc) but if I create new files they are not visible from the WSL side.

                          209 votes
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                            19 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use interoperable NTFS symlinks in DrvFS when possible

                            From recent blog post I understand a new type of reparse point was introduced to support symlinks. This new reparse point type is not understood by windows.

                            If instead this type was only used when necessary (e.g. symlinks to devices) and interoperable types used for the more common file/directory symlinks a significant barrier would be removed.

                            Bypassing the traditional access restrictions on symlink creation does not seem like an unreasonable risk given the target userbase.

                            110 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • SHIFT+PU/PD not scrolling #1035

                              idea already captured in github issue. Just wanted to promote it.

                              shift+up
                              shift+pageup

                              should scroll up the console output buffer with keyboard only... not needing mouse.

                              4 votes
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                              • Allow changes to stack size via the ulimit command

                                The stack size on WSL is currently static. It would be great to have the flexibility to change it in bash using the ulimit command.

                                My interest in this is admittedly narrow (it comes up in scientific computing with legacy code) but I imagine there would be other uses.

                                61 votes
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                                • Add Support For Kernel Modules

                                  Numerous LINUX tools and developer workflows require kernel modules. There is nothing to find at /lib/modules/3.4.0 or /lib/modules/3.4.0+. This is a huge gap in WSL. Is there a workaround? Can we expect this gap to be filled in the foreseeable future?

                                  19 votes
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                                  • Node.js tools which watch the file system should work (e.g. webpack / Typescript)

                                    I'm trying to migrate from git bash, where the following examples work without issue. When I run

                                    webpack --watch

                                    It runs one iteration, and then stops without any error messages.

                                    If I run the Typescript compiler directly, this also fails, but with an error message from the code that watches the file system:

                                    tsc --watch

                                    gary@DESKTOP-PPDHI55:/mnt/d/projects/findlectures.com$ tsc --watch
                                    fs.js:1431
                                    throw error;
                                    ^

                                    Error: watch /mnt/d/projects/findlectures.com EPERM
                                    at exports._errnoException (util.js:1026:11)
                                    at FSWatcher.start (fs.js:1429:19)
                                    at Object.fs.watch (fs.js:1456:11)
                                    at Object.watchDirectory (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/typescript/lib/tsc.js:1723:32)
                                    at Object.executeCommandLine (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/typescript/lib/tsc.js:39767:43)
                                    at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/typescript/lib/tsc.js:40088:4)
                                    at Module._compile (module.js:570:32)
                                    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:579:10)
                                    at Module.load (module.js:487:32)
                                    at tryModuleLoad (module.js:446:12)

                                    23 votes
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                                    • netstat appears to report nothing

                                      Typing netstat , netstat -an etc provides no results, where the console version works fine.

                                      14 votes
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                                      • connect to resources over corp DirectAccess connection

                                        from bash on ubuntu on windows, I cannot connect to my corporate server resources via microsofts DirectAccess, I can however use our backup Globalprotect client and it works fine. Grrr. please help make this work

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Move from OSX to Windows

                                          I am currently using OSX for day-to-day development work, but would love to have the option to move to Windows.

                                          If I could do the following, I would make the switch in a heartbeat:
                                          1) have my code in a *nix environment
                                          2) work on the code using VS-code

                                          The problem is either:
                                          a) I cannot get my environment right. For instance, "npm install" doesn't work in /mnt/c/whatever
                                          or:
                                          b) I cannot edit the WSL filesystem from within windows.

                                          I understand the windows and linux filesystems are totally different beasts, but imho getting this right should be the top priority…

                                          5 votes
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