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  1. Consider enabling cron jobs, daemons and background tasks

    Bash/WSL doesn't support cron jobs, daemons or background tasks in Win10AU. The ability to run background jobs would be very useful. Please consider adding this feature.

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      58 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Implementing 'signalfd' syscall in WSL

      It seems like signalfd is not yet implemented in WSL, as stated here by 'sunilmut': https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/129. I'm not 'mit-mit', but I discovered the 'issue' trying to run MPD (Music Player Daemon). Thanks!

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      • target the simpler Linux-console ANSI emulation, not xterm

        I'd like to suggest that the WSL team focus on a limited but complete terminal emulation on conhost. A natural target is the Linux console emulation.

        http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man4/console_codes.4.html

        Like conhost (and unlike xterm), the Linux console terminal emulator grew from the features available on the original IBM PC display hardware, and its capabilities appear to be a more natural fit to conhost's capabilities.

        The Linux console is a limited VT102 superset, unlike xterm, which is a large complex emulator. Implementing all of xterm, and getting it all right, will take years and be a continuing source of issues.

        Once ptys are…

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          0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          in preview  ·  Bitcrazed responded

          We’ve actually added quite a lot of both ANSI, VT-10x and XTerm capabilities to the Windows Console in Windows 10 Anniversary Update and are now able to support, for example, Midnight Commander, Vim, Emacs, Nano, CacaTools, etc.

          Please try out the new console in Windows 10 AU Insiders fast-ring builds and file issues on our GitHub issues tracker (https://aka.ms/winbashgithub) if you see anything we’ve missed.

        • Have bash/console support 256 colors

          Have bash/console support 256 colors

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          • Mouse Scroll Wheel or CTRL +/- to zoom text size

            Another needed step to make the Cmd feel more responsive and dynamic.

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