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  1. Inter WSL communication

    Since we can install different flavors of GNU (Ubuntu,Kali...), it would be great to be able to communicate between them in a simple way; eg to transfer keys, configuration files, etc, eventually to share folders through symbolic links.

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      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • sync chromium linux project error

      sync chromium linux project error
      daniel@DESKTOP-SNPN79O:/mnt/d/chromium_android/src# gclient sync --reset --with_branch_heads
      Running depot tools as root is sad.

      Syncing projects: 100% (108/108), done.
      funning hooks: 14% ( 8/54) binutils
      ________ running '/usr/bin/python src/third_party/binutils/download.py' in '/mnt/d/chromium_android'
      Failed to fetch file gs://chromium-binutils/5230f6066998df2f4d61d5fa586152ab20cca300 for /mnt/d/chromium_android/src/third_party/binutils/Linux_x64/binutils.tar.bz2. [Err: panic: failed to execve "/root/.vpython-root/9eab6c/bin/python": cannot allocate memory

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        2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow refs to be mounted with metadata

        Since the last year I've been using ReFS a lot to store my data and I loved it so far. I am unable though to use apps that rely on different ownership of files that are stored in my ReFS partitions and especially those that won't run as root.

        In order to do so we need metadata option when mounting ReFS volumes to perform simple chown operations.

        Please consider implementing this for ReFS as well.

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          0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make it easy to NTFS-compress the WSL filesystem

          Users with SSDs can face space problems when they install packages with debug info. While it is easy to just NTFS-compress the files in Windows proper, WSL files need to be hunted down and compressed, all in an "unsafe" manner. Windows should provide an interface in WSL to transparently compress files with NTFS facilities.

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            0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Raw Disk access and filesystem mounting

            I would love to have the ability to access raw partitions on my hard drive (provided that WSL is stable and will not obliterate my data) and also have the ability to mount filesystems not natively supported under Windows such as ext4, and btrfs among others. Specifically, I want to be able to mount partitions on my hard drive that I have windows installed on.

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              3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add "start" like the one from cmd.exe

              So you know how you can run "start myprogram" in the regular cmd.exe? Something like that for text based applications running in WSL. So if I wanted to download packages in a seperate window, I could run something like "start sudo apt get upgrade" straight from WSL. Also, an option to auto-terminate the window would be great.

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                1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • More general console color tool

                The current version of console color tool on GitHub has a very limited range of usage. It can only change colors of cmd and Powershell but not of WSL or other console programs.
                The color tool should be integrated with the console properties so that we can easily change colors of WSL or any other console programs.

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                  0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Option to change location of wsl

                  By default wsl is installing to the system drive. In much cases this is an SSD with less space than a second drive like a normal hdd with much more space. If you use wsl for development of a Website or try to use WSL with an x-server for windows much space is needed to take advantage of it. So there should be an option to move the wsl and all files containing to a drive where an user has much more space than on it's system drive by default.

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                    0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Copy and Paste Multiple items

                    The Ability to copy multiple items at same time and paste from the copied selection items
                    we can enhance the feature by adding labeling when Copying items as hints

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                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Run bash.exe from within VB6 Code by means of Shell() & Cmd.exe Please Support it for inter operability of Linux and Windows applications

                      I am Wondering Why bash.exe is not running from Shell() function inside
                      a Visual basic6 program code though CMD.exe and bash.exe are on
                      the path= "C:\Windows\System32\" , File not found raised as the error.

                      and here is the Code List in VB6 that Can not launch
                      bash.exe using Shell() with or without CMD.exe.

                      Option Explicit

                      Private Const WAIT_INFINITE = -1&
                      Private Const SYNCHRONIZE = &H100000

                      Private Declare Function OpenProcess Lib "kernel32" _
                      (ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, _
                      ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, _
                      ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long

                      Private Declare Function WaitForSingleObject Lib "kernel32" _
                      (ByVal hHandle As Long, _ …

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                        2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • _write fails to write non-ASCII characters to console(fd=1,2) after setlocale(LC_ALL, ".utf-8");

                        SetConsoleOutputCP(65001);
                        _write(1, u8"ENU中文\n", 10); // succeeds
                        setlocale(LC_ALL, ".utf-8");
                        _write(1, u8"ENU中文\n", 10); // fails
                        ----
                        Probably because the internal function 'write_double_translated_ansi_nolock' assumes that setlocale only supports SBCS/DBCS but not UTF-8, which is no longer true in RS4.
                        The code file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Source\10.0.17134.0\ucrt\lowio\write.cpp

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                          • ReadConsoleA & ReadFile & 'type con' fails to read non-ASCII chars when code page is 65001

                            Note: ReadConsoleW works because it is 'code page-independent'. WSL works because of some internal workarounds.
                            Re-inventing the wheel which is an iterator translating UTF-16 to UTF-8 each individual project is rather boring.
                            This annoyes me a lot since I was interested in using UTF-8 in Windows console.

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                            • /etc/resolv.conf and secondary DNS suffixes

                              I wasn't able to find an existing idea for this issue, so I am creating a new one.

                              This is really a bug report, but the GitHub issue at https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/701 says to provide feedback here, so...

                              There are two problems to report.

                              One: the /etc/resolv.conf file is autogenerated when a new WSL session starts, but WSL only pulls in the DNS suffix for the primary domain for the "search" line. The result is that by default, only hosts in the primary domain can be resolved using short/unqualified names. If you need to resolve other short/unqualified hostnames in WSL, you have…

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                                2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • i think it good

                                I want to help

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                                • sudo npm install -g serverless

                                  What makes wsl so useful to me and many others is being able to do web/cloud based development stuff from within Windows. At the moment I've had good results with things like the AWS CLI for linux and many other things, but serverless is not playing ball:

                                  nickw@DESKTOP-OREBB4V:~
                                  $sudo npm install -g serverless
                                  /usr/bin/serverless -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless
                                  /usr/bin/sls -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless
                                  /usr/bin/slss -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless

                                  > serverless@1.26.1 postinstall /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless
                                  > node ./scripts/postinstall.js

                                  oh oh Error: EACCES: permission denied, open '/usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/node_modules/tabtab/.completions/serverless.bash'
                                  Could not auto-install serverless autocomplete script.
                                  Please copy / paste the script above into your shell.

                                  ┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
                                  │ serverless update check failed │ …

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                                  • Support for IDEA exposure for the Linux dev tools like git and mvn, make etc

                                    While the WSL is a great tool and is powerfull, there is a realy big gap were having now. I need to redudntly install stuff if I use an IDEA (like intellij or eclipse). To expose git to these tools. I can try to be creative with bat scripts to expose some of the bash native git. But then there is achance to get a "Cannot launch bash because another instance is running un-elevated. Elevated and un-elevated instances are not permitted to run simultaneously." response (and break your bat script).

                                    What I would love to see a way to be…

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                                    • "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…

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                                      • Make it possible to choose text and background colors regardless of ANSI color palette

                                        There are some people who like light-yellow background with black text or light-green text with black background.

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                                        • Support ctrl+c signals for windows applications launched from WSL/bash

                                          In short: Make ctrl+c interrupt / kill windows applications launched from WSL.

                                          In long: At the moment windows executables launched from bash / WSL do not terminate when I ctrl+c the process. For example I might launch a compilation step which uses a windows .exe, and then decide to cancel it and modify something first. After ctrl+C the bash terminal thinks the process is stopped and lets me begin typing new commands, but the compilation keeps running and spills output into the terminal. Any file locks etc. will also be held which might block further commands I want to execute.…

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