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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!

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  1. Add libusb support to WSL

    Since previous one(https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/16759696-add-usb-device-support) was marked "complete", this one more clearly states support for libusb as in any usb device raw, rather than just storage mounting and serial pass-through.
    My example need is Yubikey gpg-card.

    176 votes
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      20 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add libgl support to WSL

      There are many development tools unable to be ported to Windows due to their proprietary nature and others that though not proprietary have no interest in porting to Windows. For me specifically, it's being able to utilize dev tools such as VSCode, Sublime Text, Draft, Javalin, Bootsnap, OSQuery, and/or FSQL without downloading a third party X server that only does partial implementation. Libgl is specifically required to get GUI apps to run and doesn't currently exist. Please implement libgl and create an API for driver makers to use to enable use of these and other GUI dev tools.

      19 votes
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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Open bash in current folder from context menu

        I would love a right-click option in a folder to open the current folder in a WSL distro. right click to open in the folder C:\Users\account would open a terminal in /mnt/C/Users/account

        55 votes
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          6 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support iptables

          Originally posted on Github around a year ago: https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/767

          Not sure how feasible this is to implement, but I've found myself in a couple of situations where it would've come in quite useful.

          45 votes
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          • Andoid Distro Support

            I'm very happy about Ubuntu / SUSE / Fedora options for WSL. But isn't Android based on Linux as well? It would be AMAZING to be able to test/run Android apps using WSL, as other Linux apps are able to run GUIs in Windows in the current version.

            8 votes
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              5 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Posix ACL support to WSL and for drvfs mounts derive them from Windows ACL

              Add Posix ACL support to WSL and for drvfs mounts derive them from Windows ACL. It is possible to map Posix ACLs to Windows ACLs with some limitations. That would greatly enhance interoperability between windows applications and wsl applications. Using metadata to save posix permissions on drvfs mounts greatly reduces interoperability, since windows applications are not aware of posix permissions saved as metadata.

              References:
              https://www.usenix.org/legacy/events/usenix03/tech/freenix03/full_papers/gruenbacher/gruenbacher_html/main.html

              http://www.citi.umich.edu/u/marius/draft-eriksen-nfsv4-acl-01.txt

              12 votes
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                2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Map WSL process ID to Windows process ID

                Currently there appears no clean way to get the corresponding Windows process ID of a running WSL process. I can inspect the PIDs of running processes in Windows taskmanager or with the tasklist command from bash on WSL as in:

                oeffner@grove:~$ cmd.exe /c tasklist

                But that does not guarantee unambiguous identification PIDs if more processes have the same name.

                It would be great if the PID of a WSL process was available as an additional column for Windows TaskManager and the tasklist command.

                It would also be great if it were possible under WSL to get the corresponding Windows PID…

                15 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Mount filesystems permanently from /etc/fstab

                  It's great that I can mount file systems or USB devices through drvfs but these mounts don't persists when all Linux shells are closed.
                  How does one mount filesystems permanently, say through /etc/fstab ?
                  Surely it shouldn't be necessary to manually mount filesystems after the last Linux shell has been closed and a new is invoked.

                  26 votes
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                    2 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.

                    112 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 12 votes
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                      • Support *BSD operating systems.

                        One of the benefits of WSL is that many server environments are Linux systems and the developer can validate many changes locally before deployment.

                        Similarly, various *BSD variants (Free-, Open-, etc.) are also frequently used on servers and developers could benefit immensely from having similar functionality.

                        This will likely be a larger item than allowing multiple Linux distributions on WSL due to the differences in system call structure.

                        25 votes
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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…

                          20 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • /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…

                            17 votes
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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.…

                              56 votes
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                              • To be able to open tabs would be great.

                                I am stuck using a MAC at work because the terminal is far superior. with Linux/MAC I can open multiple tabs in the terminal, with windows WSL I have to open a bunch of windows. Sometimes I will has 7 or 8 tabs open at once... Adding tabs to the command terminal would be an excellent upgrade. I work with a bunch of DevOps and TechOps people and the vast majority would rather be using windows, but because of the lack of features with the command box they are stuck using MAC's

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                                • Supporting uclust on qiime1 for microbiome analysis

                                  Please support uclust on qiime1 due to performing microbiome analysis from raw DNA sequencing data.
                                  I tried to install qiime1 with miniconda3 on WSL (Windows10 Home, version 1709, OS build 16299.192, 64 bit operating system) recently and last year.
                                  But it resulted in error like Mr. Schenck (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/qiime-forum/uY1rD38CFPM).

                                  The error was that Uclust isn't supported.
                                  I think that WSL can't recognize uclust version because WSL couldn't answer uclust version at that time when I asked it.
                                  I would be grateful if you support uclust on qiime1 on miniconda3 on WSL.

                                  Actual flow
                                  1. Install qiime1 according to QIIME1…

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Run services when Windows starts?

                                    In Bash, I can set services to boot on startup with something like this:

                                    sudo systemctl enable application.service

                                    However, it would be really handy if certain Bash services started when Windows started. (especially for web servers, database engines etc.)

                                    I know the way Windows and Linux does services is quite different but as an example, it would be great if I could start Windows and know that my local MongoDB server is all fired up and ready to go.

                                    Would love to know other peoples thoughts on this and if it's at all feasible?

                                    Thanks, Anthony
                                    Twitter: @anthonycook

                                    190 votes
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                                    • Allow to set file permissions on NTFS partitions from WSL

                                      Allow commands like chmod to set file permissions on NTFS partitions. Currently WSL supports a limited one way permission mapping from Windows ACL's to POSIX permissions but it needs to be 2-way. Many basic tasks like using ssh keys or working with git repos require being able to set file permissions. It doesn't even matter that much to which exactly windows ACL certain permissions map as long as they are consistent (e.g. setting perms with chmod and then getting them with stat should result in exact same perms).

                                      This is a followup to this closed issue: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/13309479-emulate-posix-compliant-filesystem-permissions

                                      31 votes
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                                      • 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.

                                        16 votes
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                                        • Support AF_PACKET address family (tcpdump/wireshark...)

                                          From https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1628

                                          It would be great to get support for AF_PACKET, as some networking tools or software rely on that.

                                          Samples of tool that won't work without it:
                                          - tcpdump (socket: Invalid argument)
                                          - wireshark
                                          - some nmap functions
                                          - Scapy

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