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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!

Please post your asks, ideas, wants and needs below: We ARE listening, and we ARE grateful for your feedback!

@RichTurn_ms, Paul, Mike1 & Mike2.

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  1. Support installing and fully uninstalling from CMD/Powershell

    I use Windows for about 25 years now but I never used the Windows store. Never had a reason to. I don't want to install and uninstall WSL form Windows store.

    I'd like to install it, or fullly uninstall WSL (Ubuntu in my case) directly form CLI. I assume I'm not the only one.

    By "full uninstall" I mean to delete all the file system, including files that were created customly , like som .sh files in the user's directory.

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    • Add suppor to Bluetooth on WSL

      Exposing bluetooth to the WSL is necessary to develop IoT without having ot fire up a Viertual Machine.

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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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        • Libsixel support for CMD/Powershell/WSL

          I would like native libsixel support as the only current way to run it is as per this comment https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1099#issuecomment-248513013. If possible, this support would be for for all terminals. This would prove extremely useful in performing quick research without having to leave the terminal.

          5 votes
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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…

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            • Allow WSL root folder location to be in a separate EXT4 partition recognized by windows

              The idea is basically allowing the user to actually play with the files in a GUI environment with all the added perks of an explorer window.

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              • 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.

                17 votes
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                • Reflect Windows proxy setting to http_proxy

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

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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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                    • Default terminal shortcut

                      Create a shortcut (like Ctrl+Alt+T in many Linux distributions to lauch the default console). Maybe when done in an Explorer window should it navigate to the folder?

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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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                        • 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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                          • Improve piping & interop syntax

                            Let's say you work on windows (cmd/powershell), and you want to pipe something to linux, do something there, and pipe something out. For example, copying to clipboard cowsaying all files/folders from C\Windows starting with 's'. (Yes. Very practical example)

                            Normally, you would use this syntax
                            C:\Windows>dir | bash -c "grep '\ss'" | bash -c "cowsay" | clip

                            It would work, but it is rather verbose & it needs to have those quotation marks, which is annoying.

                            I have used a nice utility ($.exe from https://github.com/neosmart/RunInBash), which makes this look a bit better:
                            C:\Windows>dir | $ grep '\ss' | $…

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                            • 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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                              • 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.

                                2 votes
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                                • Allow Offline Licenses for WSL Distributions on the Windows Store

                                  Currently, WSL distributions are not available with offline licenses, if they are added to a company's Windows Store for Business, they need to be explicitly assigned to end users. Making WSL distributions available with an offline deployment would help smooth deployment of WSL for enterprises that have locked down the Windows Store. The current workaround of manually downloading via https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-on-server#install-a-linux-distribution isn't really great, there's no good way to keep track of updates, the distrubtion winds up in a directory we don't really want, etc.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • 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)

                                    2 votes
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                                    • fcntl(F_SETFD, 0) failed:Invalid argument

                                      After installing cpanm with sudo apt install cpanm, attempting to install Server::Start with

                                      cpanm Server::Starter

                                      hangs on an infinite loop:

                                      stat("/tmp/DyfOTwwiZ6", 0x953298) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
                                      time([1512700980]) = 1512700980
                                      nanosleep({1, 0}, 0x7fffdde1f360) = 0
                                      time([1512700981]) = 1512700981
                                      stat("/tmp/DyfOTwwiZ6", 0x953298) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
                                      time([1512700981]) = 1512700981
                                      nanosleep({1, 0}, 0x7fffdde1f360) = 0

                                      This appears to be caused by the child process in the test dying because an fcntl call fails. To get more information, you can run

                                      sudo cpanm Server::Starter --look

                                      then typing

                                      $ perl Build.PL
                                      $ ./Build test
                                      t/00-base.t ............ ok
                                      t/01-starter.t…

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                                        • 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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