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  1. Transparent Linux Compatibility Layer

    This is waaaaay more than a "feature", so if you say "no" I totally understand why :)

    So here's the thing: there are two things I want in my computing environment as a developer: (a) a pretty and usable interface, and (b) a *nix compatibility layer.

    I build software that often (if not always) deploys on Linux in the cloud. That's my job and background. Because I need (a) and (b) above, right now I primarily use Mac OS X as my computing environment. (Linux hardware support/drivers and UX just isn't quite there yet so I don't use a Linux…

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      1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow to customize colors for a terminal

      With the new 24-bit color options, it would be great to actually be able to use some of the new colors.

      It's already well known that you can change colors in the registry to change the colors of the console.
      According to this article, you can also change colors on a single shortcut (.lnk) https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20130527-00/?p=4253

      Now it would be great to have a UI for changing colors.
      The current UI only allows changes to Screen Text, Screen Background, Popup Text and Popup Background.
      http://imgur.com/StT8gDZ

      I would like to define the 16 original colors as another variant of those colors. For…

      36 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Emulator for 16 bit com programs

        Please add an emulator for 16 bit com programs. Batch programs with embedded com binaries are extremely powerful. 32 bit exe are too big and also certutil.exe is needed to embed 32 bit binaries into a batch.

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          0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add USB Device Support

          This ask is specifically for adding USB Device support to WSL - i.e. exposing USB busses and devices to the OS.

          This is NOT an ask for adding the ability to communicate with external USB peripherals like phones, IoT boards, etc. - those asks are elsewhere:

          USB Serial communicatons:
          https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/15424383-need-serial-usb-com-port-access

          Mount USB storage devices:
          https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/13717092-mount-usb-sd-removable-storage-devices

          1,021 votes
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            117 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable network connection enumeration

            ifconfig, ip, etc. doesn't currently work and /proc/net/dev doesn't exist in Bash on Windows 10 Anniversary Update or Insider builds.

            This issue is being tracked in GitHub and a fix is being investigated: https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/908

            Example scenario:
            Running a hyper-v virtual machine win10pro with bash, network issues

            user@WIN10PRO64-02:/$ sudo /sbin/ifconfig
            Warning: cannot open /proc/net/dev (No such file or directory). Limited output.

            /etc/resolve.conf has a dns server configured correctly.

            Network does work and apt-get works,
            but no 'ifconfig' and programs cannot call out to 'eth0'

            Ubuntu is up to date as of this post.
            apt-get update & apt-get upgrade both work

            How…

            1,380 votes
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              134 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows Server

              The newest windows 2016 is awesome. The Bash/WSL subsystem would make such an amazing addition to the functionality of the server version.

              95 votes
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                12 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • When will the Bash be released on the stable version of Windows 10?

                When will we able to use Bash without subscribe on Windows Insider?

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                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support software debugging tools

                  WSL supports a growing range of compilers and interpreters, allowing the development of software in a variety of languages. However, the current support presumes that developers' code works the first time it is run. In practice, debugging code is also an important part of the process.

                  Right now, WSL has very good support for "strace". "strace" is useful, but, unless you are doing near-to-the-kernel development, it is far from the only, or even the most powerful or useful, tool available on a native Linux platform.

                  The following are examples of common Linux debugging tools that don't currently work under WSL:

                  72 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Blue color is too dark

                    Hello Microsoft,

                    Thank you for Bash.
                    But here is the problem,
                    Try this:

                    $ cd ~
                    $ vi .bashrc

                    Now tell me if you can read the comments.

                    You guys have awesome color schemes on Visual Studio Code,
                    Why does the command prompt looks like it came out of 1985?
                    Please use a brighter text color pallet.

                    Cheers,
                    Carlos.

                    101 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Mount drives other than C:

                      Bash on Windows will automatically mount drive C: under /mnt/c. But other drives (D:, E:, etc.) remain inaccessible to bash. Those drives may be hard drives, SSDs, DVD drives, USB thumb drives, or network mapped drives. For bash to be usable as a development environment these other drives need to be accessible. It would be ideal if they were mounted dynamically without any additional action required by the user. For example, if the user types the following:

                      net.exe use * \\remote_machine\c$

                      Then whatever drive gets assigned (ie. Z:) should be automatically mounted in bash (ie. under /mnt/z).

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • System V IPC support needed

                        This is a WSL/lxss request to add support for System V IPC capabilities that are necessary for many linuxy things, apparently including fakeroot which I stumbled upon while attempting to build debian source packages. In the interim it looks like I'll have to use Linux to cross-build for WSL.

                        I noticed in githib that this is a know issue on the backlog, however is lacking sufficient "telemetry" to assist in prioritization :(https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1016)

                        Failing to find the issue here I felt that I should post something so that others looking for this support might want to say so by…

                        85 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Need serial-USB/COM-port access

                          Please add access to serial port devices (/dev/ttyUSB#, etc.)
                          It might not be glamorous, but for interfacing with IoT projects, serial terminals, and other ancient hardware it is very, very useful.

                          Thank you!

                          216 votes
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                            22 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support for filesystem watchers like inotify

                              Currently there is no support for filesystem watchers like inotify.
                              Because of this tools like bitbake don't work.

                              928 votes
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                                54 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • bash copy paste

                                Keyboard-based copy/paste should work in the bash console (ctrl+c/v)

                                1,029 votes
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                                  Completed  ·  53 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Let us launch Windows processes from Bash

                                  It'd be cool to launch VS Code from Bash instead of leaving & looking for the file in Windows Explorer to edit, as was shown in the Demo.
                                  It'll allow automating build tasks involving both Linux and Windows tools with sh scripts

                                  1,148 votes
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                                    37 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Let us right click "open bash here" from explorer

                                    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.

                                    862 votes
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                                      17 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • mount NFS / sshfs / SAMBA / SMB "network drives"

                                      After general mount support is added, allowing "network drive" mounts through the mount command and the /net automounter would make it straightforward to integrate a Windows dev machine into a mainly *nix network.

                                      532 votes
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                                        54 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Routing and /proc/net/route

                                        Enabling network configuration was really a great job. Next part is to provide /proc/net/route

                                        That would be great, thanks !

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                                        • Mount USB / SD removable storage devices

                                          For example:

                                          The micro sd card on my Surface Pro 4 is not mounting when I open bash. It is my d:\ drive in windows. C:\ mounts just fine. I have not even been able to manually mount it. Any thoughts?

                                          391 votes
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