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  1. 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

    8 votes
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      0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 225 votes
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        3 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.

        20 votes
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          2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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.

          34 votes
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            0 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' | $…

            2 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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

              44 votes
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              • 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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                • 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

                  10 votes
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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.

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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.

                      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

                        58 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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 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 →
                            • 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.

                              8 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

                                5 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • enable nfs mount for BASH for windows

                                  If we can mount remote fs on the windows machines that would be great , Please help us get past putty and other ssh clients

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

                                    5 votes
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                                    • systemd-nspawn containers need cgroups

                                      Windows Subsystem for Linux is one of my favorite Windows 10 features. But when I am trying to set up a special Linux environment with lots of compiled-from-source programs and dependencies, I'd rather not clutter it all up for everything else I want to do. The systemd-nspawn containers seem like a good solution. (I also see other ideas for LXC and Docker.) But when I try to use it, I get this error:

                                      failed to determine whether the unified cgroups hierarchy is used: no
                                      medium found

                                      I asked the systemd people if there's any way to fix this. They said,…

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

                                        3 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

                                          5 votes
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