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  1. 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

    37 votes
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      0 comments  ·  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 →
      • Reflect Windows proxy setting to http_proxy

        Reflect Windows proxy setting by setting http_proxy, etc environment variables on WSL.

        1 vote
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          1 comment  ·  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 →
              • 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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                  • 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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                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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.

                      3 votes
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                      • 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.

                        7 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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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                            0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                            • 3 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,…

                                4 votes
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                                • Assign groun `tty` to all /dev/ttyS* with read/write perssions

                                  At the moment, a user is required to run an elevated command to access any of the new /dev/ttySx serial devices, or they are required to assign a group (or user) access to the serial device.
                                  Any assigned permissions on /dev/ttySx will be reset to root:root with owner rw only when the bash.exe is closed and re-opened. Which can be come frustrating with automated scripts

                                  I propose that WSL will assign the group `tty` (or `dialout`) to the serial devices. So that a user may add themselves to the group once and consistently have access to the serial devices without…

                                  5 votes
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                                  • 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 tyhe LTS release ...

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                                    • Windows Console options mockup

                                      Mockup: https://imgur.com/LjRKwIZ
                                      Some ideas that could be added in Windows Setting about the Windows Console:
                                      Select a new default shell: Allow user to select PowerShell, Command Prompt or Bash as default shell across the system
                                      Reset Windows Console options: Reset all users customizations in Console>Right Click> Default & Properties windows.
                                      Apply following settings to Windows Console:
                                      - Use legacy console (As in Console Properties window)
                                      - Various edit options
                                      - Command History settings
                                      - Font settings
                                      - Text selection
                                      - Transparency (View better transparency option on uservoice)
                                      - Etc

                                      Maybe can be added a section dedicated to Windows Console

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                                      • Please add CRIU Support

                                        CRIU will allow restoring snapshots of running applications from Linux to WSL and vice versa. This will allow live migration of applications to ensure their high availability by resolving kernel issues like 0 Day attacks in kernels.

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                                        • Would love to have MTR support

                                          MTR is a very useful tool for Ops people. I would love to not have to fire up my Ubuntu VM to be able to run mtr.

                                          Currently I get "mtr: unable to get raw sockets." when attempting to run it.

                                          38 votes
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