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  1. Add support for FAT "Function not implemented"

    Add support for FAT drives mounted in windows to be accessible under WSL.

    Currently, you receive "Function not implemented"

    This would allow Google Drive to be accessible under WSL.

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      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add support for SFTP for cURL

      In Windows 1803 you shipped cURL with Windows (yay!) but it doesn't support SFTP. It supports other secure transfers (https) but not SFTP. Please add support for SFTP in the cURL that ships with Windows.

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        0 comments  ·  Windows Command-Line  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Kernel thread creation is not working in WSL

        Yesterday I was in my operative system class, and we were studyng about user and kernel thread creation.

        The user thread example ran well, using the pthread library in C. But when I ran the kernel thread example, it failed and I couldn't create the thread. For that example we used the macro clone in library sched.h

        I'd be good if WSL could support that type of thread creation.

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          0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Copied selection should include newlines instead of spaces

          When copying multiple lines, WSL doesn't detect newlines, and simply includes ~hundred spaces depending on the line length.

          Example: if I copy the output of `echo -e "hi\nhi\nhi"`, WSL will actually capture "hi hi hi" instead of "hi
          hi
          hi"

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            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Command line needs more love for developers. It doesn't feel on par with the Linux/Mac development experience.

            Appeareance is simply ugly.

            Windows should strive to attract more talented developers. User Experience (for Developers!) also matters.

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            • Option to have double-clicking text not include a trailing white space character

              Similar to how we were given the option to use ctrl+shift+c/v to cut and paste, it would be great if we could double-click text inside a terminal and not have it select a trailing white space character. Similar to how a Linux terminal works.

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                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb

                Both Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb fail on WSL as of build 18204. This is due to an issue with mmap described at https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/658 and https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/902

                Please fix the mmap issue so that lmdb and Oracle Berkeley DB, and projects relying on them, work in WSL.

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                  2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Console window title: please replace "Administrator: " with something shorter or even remove it

                  Command prompts opened as administrator are indistinguishable in the task bar because of the long prefix "Administrator: " added to its title.
                  The `title` command changes only the part of the title that goes after this prefix. Please do something about it: shorten it to "Admin:", or even just "A", or a bomb emoji, or change the icon in the task bar and remove the prefix altogether, or add a setting for the user to choose, etc.

                  People go as far as modifying cmd.exe in a hex editor to get rid of this prefix:
                  https://serverfault.com/questions/35561/how-to-remove-administrator-from-the-command-promt-title

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                    1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • wslpath: output path in quotes

                    Please add a feature to the wslpath WSL tool to output the converted path in quotes. This would allow easy piping even if the path contains spaces.

                    Currently:
                    $ wslpath "C:\Path to\My file.txt"
                    /mnt/c/Path to/my file.txt

                    Desired:
                    $ wslpath "C:\Path to\My file.txt"
                    "/mnt/c/Path to/my file.txt"

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                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Command to convert Windows path to WSL path

                      I'd like a command (to use in batch files) to convert a Windows path to a path usable in WSL.

                      For example:
                      C:\Users\me\Desktop -> /mnt/c/Users/me/Desktop
                      "D:\Photos\2018 Holiday" -> /mnt/d/Photos/2018\ Holiday

                      Makes it easier to call bash scripts from a Windows batch file with files/directories as parameters.

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                      • vsyscall problem

                        I'm not sure if the problem with emulating vsyscall as described in https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1462 is now considered to be a feature of WSL. It seems it has been marked as such. The upshot is that many scientific Linux programs we use at work cannot run on WSL. Does anybody know what the status of this issue is or if it will be addressed?

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                        • BUG: /etc/resolv.conf contents destroyed

                          Using Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS from Windows Store, I find I need to add additional domain names to the search line. Editing the /etc/resolv.conf file as root, I find:

                          # This file was automatically generated by WSL. To stop automatic generation of this file, remove this line.

                          So I removed the line, saved my changes, closed and reopened the emulator. My changes do not take effect, the file was re-written again. Please fix this.

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                            0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Could you add /dev/fb0?

                            I really want to see X work in WSL.

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                            • Give API to measure the space that a string occupies

                              Created to raise support for Console issue #218 that itself is an extension of issue #57
                              From the issue OP: "Under a certain console/PTY, assume the font family/size is specified, give a string, and return the space (a bit mask of the character matrix?) it would occupy."

                              Closest implementation is wcwidth and wcswidth as mentioned in Issue on Linux. This API is required for anything involving zero width joiners, as are any scripts involving more complicated rules, or RTL scripts.

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                                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bidirectional text support

                                There are a few languages that can be written right-to-left (RTL), sometimes intermixing with the left-to-right pieces, like numbers or English words. It is crucial for Middle East countries to support this everywhere. Some Linux console programs, like Konsole or Mlterm already support it, but there is ongoing work everywhere else. It would be awesome if Microsoft will lead the way and help with adoption.

                                See [1] and [2] for more information.

                                [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bi-directional_text

                                [2] https://www.w3.org/International/articles/inline-bidi-markup/uba-basics

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                                • Two accounts, one box --

                                  I have administrator and personal accounts on my laptop. I installed ubuntu18.04 on the administrator account. There does not seem to be any way for the personal account to access the administrators ubuntu. (1) is it possible; (2) if not, can it be made so; (3) if it cannot, this would probably be a good idea (multiple account access to a single installation). If you think about it, this is the way "real" linux installations are.

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                                  • Toggle quick edit

                                    Some apps (*cough* vim) support mouse but don't disable quick edit mode, so it is unusable unless I disable it for the whole console. Can we add a menu item to toggle quick edit mode for the current console?

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                                    • Support other POSIX systems, not just Linux

                                      Don't just use Linux, but support the running of other OS such as FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenIndiana, not on WSL but another subsystem.

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                                      • Support other POSIX systems, not just Linux.

                                        Don't just have plain Linux, but support the running of other OS such as FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenIndiana, not on WSL but another subsystem.

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                                        • QuickEdit select should automatically copy

                                          After using Linux for 30 years, some habits are very hard to change.
                                          One of the things that are in muscle-memory is
                                          - select text with mouse
                                          - change to other window
                                          - middle-button to paste

                                          Middle-button or Right-button is one thing, but I always forget to right-click to copy after selecting so I end up pasting something quite unintended .....

                                          Can we please have auto-copy-on-select when using QuickEdit? It's even quicker that way :-)

                                          Regards,
                                          Bent

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