Command Prompt / Console / Windows Subsystem for Linux

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. Problem with keyboard mappings

    Well, I installed it on my 1703 build and there I was at the prompt:

    Username? Mac
    Password? This_day_we_are_gathered_together
    Repeat Password: This_day_we_are_gathered_together
    (rumble-rumble-rumble)
    Login: q!z (or something) - [I'd typed Mac]

    Evidently at login time bash decided that I was from Outer Mongolia or somewhere and gave me the appropriate keyboard. with totally strange key-mappings.

    Needless to say I couldn't log in at all, either as Administrator or Mac . . .

    Now that's what I call security!

    Need to revisit default keyboard mappings.

    Allbest - Andrew

    2 votes
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      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add ADB and Fastboot support for Android devices

      To be able to access Android devices for developer/diagnostic tasks.

      2 votes
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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • please make the console aware to the on-screen keyboard

        When Bash/WSL is in full screen and I use the on-screen keyboard, it hides half on the lines, I wish the window will resize itself as needed.
        note that this works perfectly when using split apps (snap 2 windows),
        would be great if it would work for the full screen as well

        7 votes
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        • you said 'You can switch back to the old console host very easily' how?

          you said 'You can switch back to the old console host very easily' how?

          1 vote
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            1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Let PROMPT honor regional settings

            For now PROMPT's $t variable do not takes into account regional setting "Show leading zeroes". Let's correct this :)

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Win+X (developer menu) fix it back! cmd.exe + ubuntu bash

              You removed from Windows 10 developer menu (win+x) cmd.exe and replaced it with Powershell. Powershell is ok but return cmd.exe as soon as possible, please. Good idea is also to add Ubuntu bash there.
              Happy that win+r works. If you add there option to run as admin it's enough for me.

              5 votes
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                1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • du -h reports wrong file size on DrvFs

                du -h reports wrong file size on DrvFs

                Please see the GitHub issue already reported here: https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1894

                6 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • LXC (cgroups?) support

                  Linux Kernel provides a way of grouping processes into isolated environments. This is the basis of LXC and Docker. Adding these primitives to the WSL Kernel would help with building applications and packages in a clean environment (see: snapcraft cleanbuild, which uses LXD: https://snapcraft.io/docs/reference/snapcraft-command#cleanbuild) without cluttering our main Ubuntu installation with packages that are not needed for general use, but are needed to build a single package that one time (at band camp).

                  75 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add USB HID Support

                    In order to be able to support embedded debug from WSL using a DAPLink interface: https://developer.mbed.org/handbook/DAPLink. The MSD / CDC support are helpful, but still missing the HID support for debugging over Pyocd.

                    20 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support for bonding kernel driver

                      I wanted to use the bonding module inside WSL, to test some things, but as other users, I can't modprobe it.

                      I've read about being a problem to support kernel modules generally, so I'm asking specifically for this one, just in case there's something you can do.

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Let programs enable ANSI color support by setting CLICOLOR=1

                        Currently all my Python scripts contain this code block so that ANSI color escape codes also work on Windows: https://gist.github.com/jhasse/4566a83b40a08d7b4987444276e4dddc

                        It would be great, if this could just be done in a one liner by setting an environment variable for example (nearly all languages have cross-platform support for that).

                        macOS uses CLICOLOR to enable colored output for their command line utils so it might be a good idea to reuse that: https://bixense.com/clicolors

                        7 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • windows authentication could be shared in WSL

                          WSL should be able to share or link to windows users and instead of creating new ones, we can just link existing windows users and pop up windows authentication dialog when logging in or do 'sudo's.

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

                            Support ARM processors.

                            17 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 8 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Application menu shortcut (Alt+Space)

                                It would be nice to have the possibility to use the handy Alt+Space shortcut to open the application menu like it's possible in both CMD and PowerShell.
                                Maybe provide an appropriate setting to let the user decide if it should be enabled or not, to not break existing Linux applications.

                                1 vote
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                                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Remove version number from launcher

                                  OpenSUSE and SLES launcher has a version number. (openSUSE-42.exe & SLES-12.exe)
                                  But Ubuntu does not have it. (ubuntu.exe)
                                  This "-42" is obstructive.

                                  1 vote
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                                  • Support shebang style extensionless executable scripts

                                    It is a common practice in Unix-derived systems to have potentially extensionless scripts which are executable by the means of 'shebang' line like.

                                    #!/bin/sh

                                    There are thousands of Python scripts out, which follow the same pattern, however. despite Python being supported on Windows they can not be executed unless they have proper .py extension, and python binary registers itself with windows registry (so they can't ship Python in the same folder).

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Hairlines in background colour remain when highlighted area eased

                                      Something I've been noticing recently is background-coloured vertical hairlines left behind when using a TrueType font, writing a text "button" using a coloured background when the screen is generally black and then writing plain text in the same location.
                                      It's almost like the coloured background has been calculated 1 pixel wider than necessary to ensure adjacent cells touch, but the same rule doesn't apply for a black background.

                                      1 vote
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                                        0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • create A win32 tool to export backup the root filesystem

                                        I wish I could export my current filesystem without having to launch ᴡꜱʟ when I need to reinstall. However, unlike interix and ntfs-3g, ᴡꜱʟ doesn't use ᴅᴀᴄʟ for storing permissions.
                                        This means a program for reading permissions stored in extended attributes is required.

                                        The aim of the of that feature request is to have such program that could work even if ᴡꜱʟ isn’t installed.
                                        A bonus would be the use of common image format like tar.

                                        2 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Build 16226 seems not to have Bash ....

                                          after installing WSL feature & issuing the PS CmdLet "Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature", when trying to install bash from cmd.exe, I get the message:

                                          "C:\WINDOWS\system32>bash
                                          Windows Subsystem for Linux has no installed distributions.
                                          Distributions can be installed by visiting the Windows Store:
                                          https://aka.ms/wslstore

                                          but in the store there aint no Linux Distros for Win 10....
                                          Am i missing something or am i too impatient?

                                          :) Karl

                                          3 votes
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