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  1. bash copy paste

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

    1,028 votes
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      Completed  ·  54 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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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        23 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add support for other Linux distros / meta-distributions

        Consider adding other distros and/or meta-distros e.g. Gentoo ( https://www.gentoo.org/ ) - a mature and well supported metadistribution.

        The hot keyword here is "meta": that's mean it's a unix (posix) distribution that could run on virtually any *nix kernel.

        Porting it to Windows lxss should be a child's play!

        108 votes
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          11 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Marking as completed since we’ve now shipped the ability to install distros from the Windows Store in Insider build 16215+, and will arrive in 2017 Fall Creators Update:

          Ubuntu: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/07/10/ubuntu-now-available-from-the-windows-store/
          SUSE: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/07/19/suses-linux-distros-for-wsl-now-available-in-the-windows-store/
          Fedora: Coming soon!

          Other distros will follow in the coming months.

        • Emulate POSIX-compliant filesystem permissions

          Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) must support traditional Unix permissions for mounted Windows drives in /mnt/*.

          Many utilities won't work otherwise.

          Dotfiles often contain private data and apps check for chmod 600, ignoring the file otherwise.
          Incorrect permissions are source of many bugs. Without proper emulation, developers won't be able to discover/fix them before deploying on a real Linux system.
          Developers should be able to set executable flags, particularly for Git repos.
          0777 perms on everything is a security risk.

          69 votes
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            16 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            [Note: We have made some improvements to file permission handling which have been available for several months now in Win10 Insider builds, and which will roll out broadly when Windows 10 Creators Update ships in a few weeks’ time]

            WSL does honor & support Linux filesystem permissions on files stored in the Linux side of the filesystem.

            Files that are stored in the Windows filesystem also reflect the permissions of the local Windows user: If a file’s Windows permissions grant the locally logged-in user read-only permissions, a file only reports read-only rights:

            ~$ ll /mnt/c/dev/WindowsOnly.txt
            r-r—r— 1 root root 13 Mar 7 16:10 /mnt/c/dev/WindowsOnly.txt

            Trying to write to this file results in an error:

            ~$ echo FAIL! > /mnt/c/dev/WindowsOnly.txt
            bash: /mnt/c/dev/WindowsOnly.txt: Permission denied

            Note: Windows filesystem permissions always supersede *NIX file permissions – if a user does not have the rights to read/write/execute a file, then they won’t…

          • 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 →
                • 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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                            • 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 →
                              • 9 votes
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                                • 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 →
                                  • 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

                                    1,147 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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