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  1. printing from WSL.

    I tried installing cups and cups-pdf but could not get it to work. lpadmin keeps giving me error message. Is that possible?
    One workaound is using the shareware software printfil and instead of using lpr for printing, I redirect printed materials to the file that printfil listens to...

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    • implement paste using shift insert key combination

      on linux I press shift-insert then I paste
      on putty on windows I press shift-insert then I paste
      please make wsl bash do the same
      thanks

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      • WSL multiple users

        I installed WSL on our 2016 Server. But other users get the message" Windows Subsystem for Linux has no installed distributions.
        Distributions can be installed by visiting the Microsoft Store:
        https://aka.ms/wslstore"
        How do I make BASH available to other users on the server?

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        • Add automount option to exclude files that throw "Permission Denied" caused by "All Deny ReadData"

          # Summary
          When listing files in a mounted Documents directory, `ls` will spam `permission denied` errors on files are set to `All Deny ReadData` by the Windows operating system.

          To prevent the issue, the simpliest approach is to mask/hide these files from mounting, since Linux should not use them anyway.

          # Proposal
          The proposal is to add an automount option to the existing configuration file `/etc/wsl.conf` to enable or disable masking/filtering files if they are defined accesable in the security descriptor.

          New automount option: `only_accessible : boolean`
          If enabled only accessible files are included.

          ```
          # /etc/wsl.conf

          [automount]
          enabled =…

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          • rt_sigqueueinfo support

            add support for rt_sigqueueinfo so signals in c code work

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            • i386 support

              Currently it does not seem to be possible to execute 32-bit Linux ELF binaries in WSL environment. Generally this is not a big deal if the source of the program is available in a way or another, however, there is quite a lot of 32-bit proprietary tools that are distributed in binary-only form, and currently those are unusable within WSL.

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              • Optimize disk I/O speed

                Due to administrative requirements, I cannot disable windows defender in the WSL directory - right now, all disk I/O is **very** slow (10x slower than native windows) - is disk I/O already fully optimized? 5-10x slower sounds pretty bugworthy.

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                • Support wsl --import gzipped tar file

                  wsl --import now supports only plain tar.
                  But, WSL Distro in MS Store contains gzipped tar file.
                  tar.exe could not extract a tar file from tar.gz.

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                  • Use WSL as Linux VM for Docker for Windows

                    "Docker for Windows" would greatly benefit from using WSL instead of their ever failing MobyLinuxVM.

                    https://github.com/docker/for-win/issues/267#issuecomment-449234581-permalink

                    Perhaps you may assist the "Docker for Windows" team in migrating away from their malfunctioning Linux VM towards utilizing WSL.

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                    • Support Unicode in more, type and other commands

                      When I pipe console.log("hello it’s time"); or simply type it, it gets mangled. This also happens in PowerShell (I presume because it uses the DOS commands

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                      • 😡 Please drop the name "Linux" until you actually implement the full Linux kernel

                        You lured people into WSL thinking the devs are not needing the full kernel.

                        But many people asked for the full linux kernel features.

                        Until you make it full kernel abi and api compatible, please drop the name Linux from WSL!!! 😡😡😡

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/35413555-support-for-sparse-files-in-lxfs-flow-type-checke

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13564380-do-nothing-except-implement-the-kernel-correctly

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13396686-access-to-real-linux-devices-in-dev

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/16759696-add-usb-device-support

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13818042-support-mounting-xfs-ext2-ext3-ext4-etc-partition

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/18870247-enable-kernel-header-support-as-well-as-linux-too

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/31120939-support-kernel-namespaces-and-cgroups-for-docker

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/17268746-add-support-for-kernel-modules

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/35094271-kernel-thread-creation-is-not-working-in-wsl

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/13540620-shared-memory-needs-to-work-like-it-does-on-linux

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/20158108-support-for-bonding-kernel-driver

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/14731734-debug-symbol-for-wsl-kernel

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/32922883-please-add-criu-support

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/18019267-add-snappy-package-system-support

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/14378172-add-support-for-logical-volume-management-abstra

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/17105311-install-pref-in-ubuntu-bash-in-windows-linux-tool

                        https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/18019348-lxc-cgroups-support

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                        • Can you tell me why Microsoft Corporation keeps shrinking the size of the text

                          Can you tell me why Microsoft Corporation keeps shrinking the size of the text

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                          • Support native Docker daemon (dockerd)

                            It would be great to be able to run the Docker daemon (dockerd) natively in WSL.

                            Thanks for already adding support for running the Docker client in WSL.

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                                • Add support for other Linux distros / meta-distributions - part two

                                  After about year we have some distros in official MS magazine but we already don't have rights to install another Linux distributives.

                                  I think we need to general methods of porting yourself distros to WSL.
                                  It's will be easy to another people - the one idea to be popularity.

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                                  • NAME environment variable: what is this for?

                                    Hi, in my ubuntu WSL shell the "NAME" environment variable is set to my hostname.

                                    user@myhost:~$ env | grep NAME
                                    NAME=myhost
                                    LOGNAME=user
                                    user@myhost:~$ cat /etc/hostname
                                    myhost

                                    As far as I know, NAME is not a "standard" variable in unix-like environments.
                                    This is causing me troubles with examples makefiles from the book "Test-Driven Development for Embedded C" by James Grenning. (It took me a while to figure out ...)

                                    I'd like to know where this is set and if it is possible to disable it or update it to a less generic name.

                                    I searched in /etc and .bash* but could…

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                                    • explorer

                                      WSL feature request: Make "open <path>" open the Windows Explorer at the specified path (e.g. "open ." to open the current directory). The MacOS terminal allows this, and it's very useful. Ideally, specifying a file, like, "open somefile.pdf" would open the file with its default association (e.g. Acrobat Reader in the example).

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                                      • Support custom baud rate ioctls for COM ports

                                        In addition to the already-requested ioctls for RTS/DTR control, support for custom baud rate ioctls would be terrific. Specifically required to support ESP8266 development (the module console is fixed at 74880).

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                                        • Make headless WSL images freely available

                                          WSL is an amazing piece of work, and despite most developers knowing about it by now, the workflow for actually making use of it is incredibly constrained.

                                          As a lifelong Microsoft user (and oftentimes vocal advocate) recently returning to Windows after 10 years of OS X, I'm a little depressed to find bug reports in my projects that have been sitting idle for months that turned out to be simple 1 line fixes, that I could not test because WSL is so inaccessible.

                                          It seems that, if for no other reason than allowing people to debug simple WSL problems or…

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