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  1. Console

    I know the windows command prompt is legacy, but it really deserves an upgrade. In all cases I avoid it like the a plague and that is just a shame. Take a look at Hyper by Guillermo Rauch, it is configurable, supports multiple windows and minimalist.. It easily could do more, but suffice to say it works better than ComEMU (which I used for a long time but is too complex) and the standard console.

    Consoles are for developers, so give them the tools they need. I run multiple consoles in development environments, running servers and logs while the others…

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      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We’re a small team (3 devs) and are working full-time on improving the Console (terminal) UX, as well as Windows’ command-line plumbing itself.

      While we can’t ship UX improvements weekly, we do ship several improvements in each major Win10 release.

      We don’t have the luxury of building and shipping a terminal written in javascript – we have MUCH tighter performance, memory, disk, etc. footprint limitations to work within in order to satisfy our many customers.

      If Hyper works for you, use it with our blessing – we love Gillermo’s work. If Maximus5’s ConEmu works for you, please use it – we love Max’s work too!

      In the meantime, we’ll continue to work on overhauling this > 30 year old code-base and adding essential new features and capabilities.

    • Add possibility to Add Bash to Quick Link Menu (Win+X)

      Please add possibility to add bash to Win+X Menu. Or if you want to be consistent with current approach Add option under Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar -> "Replace Command Prompt with Bash on <distro> on Windows in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows key+X"

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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support tools like fdisk and dd to directly accss physical and virtual drives

        Please add support tools like fdisk and dd to directly accss physical and virtual drives. Right now, running `fdisk -l` outputs "cannot open /proc/partitions" and doing something like `dd if=G: of=disk.img` outputs "dd: failed to open ‘G:’: No such file or directory". I do not see anything in /dev/ that seems to indicate anything is mapped to drives in Windows.

        48 votes
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          3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add USB /dev/ttyACM support

          I need /dev/ttyACM support to connect gdb to a black magic probe debugger to program embedded ARM microcontrollers.

          33 votes
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            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create simple configuration files like bash_profile and bashrc, but for CMD

              Powershell is a pain to use for non .NET developers, and having to play around with configuration via menus is very tedious.

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                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Can we hot swap the dos withe bash on windows?

                replace the dos with the Linux Kernel

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                  1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • It works Ok in most situation. However, the interface is mostly out of date. I needs more customization

                  It needs more customization. You can looks at iterm2 for the ideas

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                    0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support Bash on Ubuntu / WSL on Windows 8.1

                    In large enterprise environments, Windows 8.1 is still in wide use & we have no control on upgrading OS. Would like to have the productivity gains of having Ubuntu WSL on Windows 8.1.

                    2 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • how to ensure the latest WSL is running after windows update ?

                      sorry if this is the wrong place for questions and support
                      i have received the 1709 windows update
                      afaict wsl is still running fine but has it been upgraded, too ?
                      how can i tell ?
                      should i uninstall then reinstall from the store ? would i then still be running 16.04 as i'd rather stay on the LTS release ...

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                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • i love it..

                        This is a script which modifies .profile to add Windows/System32... then itll turn all .exe programs in system32 into aliases... such as ipconfig = ipconfig.exe... It has 0 error checking.. im sure someone could package it up nicely ;)
                        #!/bin/bash
                        #This will turn every executable inside of system32 into a bash alias so that it can be
                        #executed easily.. such as ipconfig, tasklist, taskkill, etc
                        #there is no error checking.. its pretty basic/simple
                        #modifies ~/.profile for long term installation
                        #remove bottom 2 lines to delete

                        echo scanning windows 32 and creating aliases...
                        cd /mnt/c/Windows/System32
                        ls *.exe > ~/.windows.exe
                        for i…

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                          1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Replace the titlebar colour into black. White titlebar is distracting to CLI contents.

                          The current white titlebar (when not using the optional theme color) is really distracting and just looks out-of-place on CLI.

                          I suggest that the console window should be like this: https://imgur.com/a/UQZS9

                          This is Hyper, a 3rd-party terminal app. An example of modern looking CLI that I think Windows deserve to have out-of-the-box. It is clean and way more focused to the CLI itself rather than the GUI chrome.

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                            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • I installed smlnj with apt-get and the executable sml is crashing: # sml /usr/lib/smlnj/bin/.run/run.x86-linux: 1: /usr/lib/smlnj/bin/.run/r

                            I installed smlnj with apt-get and the executable sml is crashing:
                            # sml
                            /usr/lib/smlnj/bin/.run/run.x86-linux: 1: /usr/lib/smlnj/bin/.run/run.x86-linux: Syntax error: word unexpected (expecting ")")
                            I collected a strace:
                            # strace sml strace: Test for PTRACE_O_TRACESYSGOOD failed, giving up using this feature. execve("/usr/bin/sml", ["sml"], [/* 12 vars */]) = 0 brk(0) = 0x8220000 access("/etc/ld.so.nohwcap", F_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory) mmap(NULL, 8192, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0x7ff5ffee0000 access("/etc/ld.so.preload", R_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory) open("/etc/ld.so.cache", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3 fstat(3, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=37590, ...}) = 0 mmap(NULL, 37590, PROT_READ, MAP_PRIVATE, 3, 0) = 0x7ff5ffff5000 close(3) = 0 access("/etc/ld.so.nohwcap",…

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                              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Really need a visual bell for accessibility reasons

                              Implement an option to enable a visual bell and another to disable the audible bell. This would greatly improve accessibility of the console and provide a quieter option for the tab-centric autocompletionist.

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                                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • SSH private key with Powershell Bash

                                Hey,

                                with new addition of Linux Subsystem, having easier option of adding private keys for SSH would be great. Currently, i find implementation quite bothersome. Workarounds from over the net are quite gray area and they dont work 100 % of time ( or i simply didnt found solution which will work as intended ).

                                In my opinion this is a must have for System Admin which work on both Linux and Windows, with Windows 10 as personal OS. Some configuration based on Putty would be great, where you can store commonly used ip-s and fqdns of servers, adding new,…

                                2 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Preserve execute permission of files from mounted network file systems

                                  I currently have a Linux desktop, which I mainly use to create test packages for use on server-type systems with specialized hardware, i.e., the test packages I create cannot run on my Linux desktop. Creating these test packages requires access to some file servers in order to copy needed files, a few of which are executable. Using WSL would very nearly allow me to get rid of my Linux desktop, except it can't distinguish files on the server that have the execute permission set from those that don't.

                                  Alternatively, I could copy most of the files I need using our…

                                  2 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Indication of properties currently being edited

                                    Currently when editing the properties of an conhost.exe process, I don't have a good indication of where I'm currently editing.
                                    https://i.imgur.com/5j0F7zL.png
                                    Something along the lines of "Currently editing regedit" or "Currently editing C:\temp\mypowershell.lnk"

                                    As I can read, you are currently overhauling the settings (Indicated here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/08/11/introducing-the-windows-console-colortool/#comment-31446) but I just wanted to make sure that you remembered this.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Small collection of official WSL utilities akin to Cygwin

                                      There are a bunch of small interop related problem areas that developers will over and over roll their own incompatible (and buggy) scripts to fix...

                                      These include:
                                      - cygpath: convert path from WSL to Windows, Windows to WSL
                                      - getfacl and setfacl: display the Windows file/directory ACLs
                                      - line ending conversion with conv, d2u, dos2unix, u2d, and unix2dos
                                      - simple way of accessing the WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT variables of the process we're running inside of.
                                      - ELF version of "clip.exe" for clipboard access...

                                      I'm sure developers will come up with hundreds of different implementations of each of these, but it would…

                                      23 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Chrooting into existing installations

                                          In conjunction with the request for ext4 mount support, chrooting into existing installations instead of deploying a new distro install in WSL would be a great addition to the upcoming multi-distro support.

                                          27 votes
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