It would be nice to have (relatively) easy access to the dedicated GPU's on our Win10 PC's, and OpenCL support for the AMD Drivers & CUDA for NVidia drivers etc.
What I am thinking on specifically (although there are many many uses for it and CUDA support) is hashing functions that are lackluster within windows itself, but benefit immensely within Linux and Unix.
Cryptocurrency mining for example, is known to be much faster on Linux systems than Windows. Do you see any support for OpenCL and/or CUDA in the future?2,567 voteson the backlog · AdminRich Turner (Sr. Program Manager, Windows Console & WSL, Windows Developer) responded
It’s on the backlog, but not currently planned.
We know many of you would like to be able to accelerate your numerical analysis code via CUDA/OpenCL, etc.
One thing to explore in the meantime is to try running your code in Windows. Windows actually has very powerful GPU-acceleration capabilities and you may well find that much of your existing code may well work already or require trivial effort to port to Windows itself.
in the meantime, bear with us, and UPVOTE THIS ISSUE if you care (please don’t create another duplicate ask – that doesn’t help us prioritize asks).
In *Nix systems we can drag select text. Alternatively double left-clicking will smartly select a word/path (etc) boundary. Clicking for the third time selects the entire line. In all instances above it will auto copy to the selection to the clipboard.
Whilst we have some slightly better options with Quick edit and insert mode there's still some subtle differences than the experiences above.
Can we more closely mimic this behaviour?95 voteson the backlog · AdminRich Turner (Sr. Program Manager, Windows Console & WSL, Windows Developer) responded
We have a ton of selection improvements queued up on our backlog including improving how we handle smart selection :)
Keyboard-based copy/paste should work in the bash console (ctrl+c/v)993 voteson the backlog · AdminRich Turner (Sr. Program Manager, Windows Console & WSL, Windows Developer) responded
Moved from WSL to Console since this is a Console feature, not WSL itself.
Similar to how you can shift+right click and "open command window here" while viewing a folder through explorer. It would be nice to have "open bash here" as well.804 votes
We’re investigating this one. Please continue upvoting to help prioritize.
Access to the Windows filesystem from WSL is easy enough. Now we need access to the WSL filesystem from Windows.363 votes
Adding support for accessing Linux files from Windows (and correctly honoring permissions & preserving the necessary metadata etc.) is on the backlog. Avoid until further notice!
Currently the only place the linux lxss folder can be located is inside the user's user profile directory. It'd be nice to be able to put this folder anywhere on any drive for those of us with small SSD c: drives.392 votes
We are working on some changes for a future release that will allow you to install your Linux distro to a non-system drive. Bear with us. Details to follow ;)
It needs to be possible to install bash offline.
There are a thousands of us who'd kill to be able to use bash on Windows machines attached to classified and other machines that are offline, and can't ever be connected to the Internet for any reason.155 votes
Hey all. Thanks for posting this ask: Its something we hear on a semi-regular basis.
We understand and appreciate many of the scenarios in which one might want to install a Linux distro offline using a previously downloaded/acquired image. However, we just didn’t have cycles to handle this request in the Win10AU release.
It’s on the backlog and we will consider for a future release.
...or at least to /dev/sda? (disks) block devices. It could be very powerful to run things like
dd if=/dev/sda2 of=some-remote-mounted-volume/my-backup-C.img321 votes
Related to “Add USB Device support”: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/16759696-add-usb-device-support
This is a common ask and, now that we’ve gotten through most of the fundamental engineering, we’ll be more able to start looking-into device support sometime relatively soon, though no guarantees about when and what ;)
I would like to be able to create files in the WSL root directory using Windows tools (VSC, NotePad++...)
I can modify files there (e.g. .bashrc) but if I create new files they are not visible from the WSL side.190 votes
Moving to the backlog – we’re now in a position to take a look at this. No promises yet, other than we have our Top Men (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoy4_h7Pb3M) take a close look at remedying this issue ;)
Currently the output from git is unusable in cmd, for example there is no easy way to copy & paste path to a file so that it can be used with del as it uses slashes.11 votes
Note – moved this ask from Console to Cmd.
Alternative: Use PowerShell which does handle both / and \ as path separators.
GNU APL builds and installs flawlessly under Ubuntu on Windows, but it is necessary to remap the keyboard in order to enter input in the APL character set. apt-get installs "setxkbmap" fine, but when you try to run it, you get "Error loading new keyboard description."
Cygwin supports this command, so it should be easy to see how it maps into the WIndows API. If it's not a lot of work, making this command work would greatly enhance Ubuntu on Windows for those using languages with alternate character sets.9 votes
Keyboard remapping in the console is already on our backlog and something we want to get to in a future release.
Great to see some of these improvements, especially the cut/copy/paste keyboard shortcuts. However, I've been seeking for a way for the cmd window to have a tabbed interface for a while. So, for example, I can run a ping/tracert etc. in one tab, a chkdsk in another tab, and something else in a third, without having multiple windows open taking up screen real estate.
Also consider adding panes side-by-side within the console.1,527 votes
I really really want utf-8, I do not use any legacy console apps from 80-s, so please please please make it happens :)716 votes
As Chip said, UTF-16 is rather baked into the stuff we do. The console host does use UTF-16 somewhere in there. :P We just have the matter of dealing with code pages throughout the history of computing existence that causes us heartburn every time we think about how to fix this. :( It’s definitely something that we would like to look into on our backlog.
On *nix you can run a command from a non-root shell, which is the equivalent of a non-administrator Command Prompt, with administrative privileges, similar to what UAC does when it asks a user if they would like to give an application administrative privileges. To disable a network adapter, for example, you can run "sudo ifconfig eth0 down". The prefixed "sudo" command will run "ifconfig eth0 down" with what is essentially administrator privileges in Windows. Currently you have to do some long-winded (long-typed?) "runas", which requires that a username and password are provided. I don't necessarily need Command Prompt to always run as administrator, I just need SOME of the commands I to run as administrator.
On *nix you can run a command from a non-root shell, which is the equivalent of a non-administrator Command Prompt, with administrative privileges, similar to what UAC does when it asks a user if they would like to give an application administrative privileges. To disable a network adapter, for example, you can run "sudo ifconfig eth0 down". The prefixed "sudo" command will run "ifconfig eth0 down" with what is essentially administrator privileges in Windows. Currently you have to do some long-winded (long-typed?) "runas", which requires that a username and password are provided. I don't necessarily need Command Prompt to always…223 votes
We have it on our backlog, definitely. —Rich
Parse console output for urls and make it possible to open them with a click (or ctrl+click).292 votes
Yep, this would be really cool. Not just for URLs, but things like paths too. Script emits a path to an error log? Just ctrl+click it to open!
I can see some trickery around the parsing (performance impacts? security? and of course the parsing itself…) and the launching of another app (security again?). But it would be awesome.
It’s on our backlog for sure.
Another needed step to make the Cmd feel more responsive and dynamic.275 votes
It would be great if there could be a global hotkey to activate and deactivate the console window.
This is also called a "quake style" command line, similar to the console in Quake games.
For example, if I have the console running in the background, but my current focus is Visual Studio and I hit Ctrl+`, it should activate the console window by making it the current focus. Hitting Ctrl + ` again would make Visual Studio the focus.
iTerm2 on the Mac has this and it's my favorite feature.188 votes
You will be Rich’s best friend forever. He loves the idea of a Quake console as well and talks about it all the time. :P I know for sure this is in our backlog already.
Some of the suggestions like persistence and multiple sessions and whatnot seem related to the “history between sessions” and tabs/multiplexing ideas. Same technical challenges apply, but sounds possible at some point. :)
Transparency is a nice visual enhancement, should generally only apply to the window contents and not the surrounding "chrome" of the window, such as the title bar and scroll bar.
Optionally, the Console "frame" could be made transparent when focused/un-focused, controlled via separate transparency slider157 votes
Let me start by saying that I love the idea of having tabs on the console. But for me, I like to have as much content on one screen as possible. So usually what I like to do is have on monitor with one window on full screen and have multiple consoles within the same window. That way I don't have to switch between tabs...
Here is a example of what I mean: http://imgur.com/7mrfMn9
Rich: While we added tmux & virtual terminal support in Bash in Win10AU, we need better pane tiling, tabbing, layout, etc. in Windows too.130 votes
Apologies – wrong button: Marked as “on the backlog” where this ask will remain until we’ve got some higher-priority work out of the way.
Rest assured; we’d love to build a decent tab & tile UI for the console too.
Now that you can easily select text [with ctrl+a or just by dragging over it] and copy and paste text [with ctrl+c & ctrl+d], why not make that we should not be required to delete every character separately?! Please make the backspace and delete key work to delete all selected text.113 votes
Oooh yep. That is a natural extension of what we’ve done. It’s just a lot trickier to manipulate the input line (there are different input modes that apps can subscribe to and whatnot) than it is to enable more ways to select the output. But I hear you for sure. Now that we select more like a text editor, I want it all! It’s on the backlog. :)
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