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  1. 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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        • 4 votes
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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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                    • WSL raw socket support for ethernet to allow for nmap functionality

                      Can not run nmap from WSL due to inability to interface with network sockets. Please enable passthrough or provide documentation / support to allow configuration of ethernet sockets to work with nmap. Was lead here by this discussion: https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/2039

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                      • Publish nuget package for managed pseudo terminal

                        It would be great if you published a netstandard (Windows-only, but useable in Framework or Core) nuget package with a robust managed wrapper using code similar to whats in your MiniTerm example. As part of your existing open source repo, we could all help on developing it so people need only reference an official nuget package and easily make their own ConPTY clients.

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                        • Acting on Windows 10 Network Adapters

                          I don't seem to be able to modify Windows network settings from inside the Ubuntu WSL shell.
                          Doing "ifconfig wlan0 off" doesn't turn the wifi off, neither other commands or softwares I tried.
                          Is there any way to turn off network adapters from inside the shell?

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                          • Combined Process List Between WSL and Windows

                            I'd love to see the process list that's available from CMD's "tasklist" added to WSL's "ps" command. I understand that'll take some process ID juggling, but I think it's doable. If I'm in a bash shell and I do a "ps auxww" I'd love to see *every* process running on the box, not just what's in WSL.

                            That would also allow me to kill them from within the bash shell vs doing it via cmd. Yes, I know I can "cmd /c tasklist" and "cmd /c taskkill" from bash. I'd rather see it done via the built in "ps" and…

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                            • 1 vote
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                              • Enable/Install WSL within a Docker Windows container

                                Hi everyone,

                                I am wanting to enable and install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature from within a Docker windowsservrecore container.
                                However, due to the fact that Docker containers are more like full-environment-processes than VMs,
                                and because WSL feature installation requires a 'system reboot'; this has proven troublesome.

                                I have seen solutions that other people have figured out for installing features that normally 'require reboot' in a Docker windows container:
                                - e.g. Active Directory support: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/containerstuff/2017/01/30/create-a-container-with-active-directory-support/
                                - e.g. Server Media Foundation: https://www.impostorprogrammer.com/articles/docker/media_foundation_windows_containers.html

                                So I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or has managed something similar for getting WSL…

                                4 votes
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                                • WSL add ability to scroll up

                                  In the WSL you should be able to scroll up and see your previous sessions commands/output (much like you can with cmd). Currently you only get what you can see on the screen, forcing you remember to pipe everything to less.

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                                  • Support for sparse files in LxFS (flow type checker fails) WSL#1732

                                    This issue says it better than I can:

                                    https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1732

                                    Real Linux:

                                    $ truncate -s 27927781376 foo
                                    $ ls -l foo
                                    -rw-r--r-- 1 ken ken 27927781376 Feb 27 21:00 foo
                                    $ du --block-size=1 foo
                                    0 foo

                                    WSL 15042:

                                    $ truncate -s 27927781376 foo
                                    $ ls -l foo
                                    -rw-r--r-- 1 ken ken 27927781376 Feb 27 21:00 foo
                                    $ du --block-size=1 foo
                                    27927781376 foo

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                                    • Kinect Support

                                      I am currently working on a project that involves an Xbox Kinect with ROS (The Robot Operating System) and currently, the Linux console/subsystem doesn't have support for the Xbox Kinect. This feature would be highly appreciated.

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                                      • I want to use a different locale for each terminal. Like LANG=C.

                                        I want a way to switch the locale for each console. Like LANG=C. This will be easy to get more feedback and Issue from non-English speaking countries. I think.

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                                        • Support for DECAWM escape sequence

                                          "CSI ? 7 l" or "CSI ? 7 h" (disables or enables auto-wrapping) is available since VT100 but it is still not supported by the Windows Console.

                                          We are currently developing an internal log viewer tool, and it would be a lot easier if we wouldn't have to find a workaround which can be used instead of that escape sequence.

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