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  1. Add a Win32 API for escaping/unescaping WSL paths with forbidden characters (e.g. : ? *)

    It is possible to create files in WSL that have characters in them that are not supported in windows (:?* etc.) and these are dutifully escaped to valid UNICODE sequences in NTFS. However, what is lacking in Win32 is a function that takes a (possibly) escaped UNICODE path and converts it to the UTF8 sequence that a WSL process sees, and back again. For example, a git repo with files containing characters that are unsupported in Windows (not too uncommon) will only be possible to work with in WSL - Git for Windows will see the WSL paths as deleted,…

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    • Add posix message queue support in WSL

      Add Posix message queue support in WSL (Ubuntu). mq_open function is failing with error "Function not implemented"

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      • Mount filesystems permanently from /etc/fstab

        It's great that I can mount file systems or USB devices through drvfs but these mounts don't persists when all Linux shells are closed.
        How does one mount filesystems permanently, say through /etc/fstab ?
        Surely it shouldn't be necessary to manually mount filesystems after the last Linux shell has been closed and a new is invoked.

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          • Support *BSD operating systems.

            One of the benefits of WSL is that many server environments are Linux systems and the developer can validate many changes locally before deployment.

            Similarly, various *BSD variants (Free-, Open-, etc.) are also frequently used on servers and developers could benefit immensely from having similar functionality.

            This will likely be a larger item than allowing multiple Linux distributions on WSL due to the differences in system call structure.

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            • add Fedora to the Store

              maybe it's just a matter of priority coz i'm sure it's not technical as others are able to install Fedora on WSL using a long way.

              request to add Fedora in the Store please.

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                • An uninstall question no one seems (so far) able to answer

                  How do I uninstall the openSUSE distro while leaving my Ubuntu distro installed? I can't seem to find an answer to this question.

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                  • A command to confirm that linux is running on WSL

                    There are many cases where it's useful to programmatically check whether linux is "regular" linux or WSL linus. E.g., in Python calling `sys.platform` just returns `linux`, not `linux-wsl` or something like this. It'd be helpful if there were a command line argument that could reliably confirm that the platform is WSL.

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                    • Inter WSL communication

                      Since we can install different flavors of GNU (Ubuntu,Kali...), it would be great to be able to communicate between them in a simple way; eg to transfer keys, configuration files, etc, eventually to share folders through symbolic links.

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                      • sync chromium linux project error

                        sync chromium linux project error
                        daniel@DESKTOP-SNPN79O:/mnt/d/chromium_android/src# gclient sync --reset --with_branch_heads
                        Running depot tools as root is sad.

                        Syncing projects: 100% (108/108), done.
                        funning hooks: 14% ( 8/54) binutils
                        ________ running '/usr/bin/python src/third_party/binutils/download.py' in '/mnt/d/chromium_android'
                        Failed to fetch file gs://chromium-binutils/5230f6066998df2f4d61d5fa586152ab20cca300 for /mnt/d/chromium_android/src/third_party/binutils/Linux_x64/binutils.tar.bz2. [Err: panic: failed to execve "/root/.vpython-root/9eab6c/bin/python": cannot allocate memory

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                          2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow refs to be mounted with metadata

                          Since the last year I've been using ReFS a lot to store my data and I loved it so far. I am unable though to use apps that rely on different ownership of files that are stored in my ReFS partitions and especially those that won't run as root.

                          In order to do so we need metadata option when mounting ReFS volumes to perform simple chown operations.

                          Please consider implementing this for ReFS as well.

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                          • Make it easy to NTFS-compress the WSL filesystem

                            Users with SSDs can face space problems when they install packages with debug info. While it is easy to just NTFS-compress the files in Windows proper, WSL files need to be hunted down and compressed, all in an "unsafe" manner. Windows should provide an interface in WSL to transparently compress files with NTFS facilities.

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                            • Raw Disk access and filesystem mounting

                              I would love to have the ability to access raw partitions on my hard drive (provided that WSL is stable and will not obliterate my data) and also have the ability to mount filesystems not natively supported under Windows such as ext4, and btrfs among others. Specifically, I want to be able to mount partitions on my hard drive that I have windows installed on.

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                              • Add "start" like the one from cmd.exe

                                So you know how you can run "start myprogram" in the regular cmd.exe? Something like that for text based applications running in WSL. So if I wanted to download packages in a seperate window, I could run something like "start sudo apt get upgrade" straight from WSL. Also, an option to auto-terminate the window would be great.

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                                • Add a stat()-like API to Win32 to access WSL file attributres

                                  Git for Windows currently runs into problems with file attributes if you have a repo that you use both with WSL (under /mnt/c) and native Windows tooling. If it was possible to set and get Unix file attributes from Windows, it would make interop easier. This would be similar in spirit to the AF_UNIX socket support that was recently introduced.

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                                  • More general console color tool

                                    The current version of console color tool on GitHub has a very limited range of usage. It can only change colors of cmd and Powershell but not of WSL or other console programs.
                                    The color tool should be integrated with the console properties so that we can easily change colors of WSL or any other console programs.

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                                    • Option to change location of wsl

                                      By default wsl is installing to the system drive. In much cases this is an SSD with less space than a second drive like a normal hdd with much more space. If you use wsl for development of a Website or try to use WSL with an x-server for windows much space is needed to take advantage of it. So there should be an option to move the wsl and all files containing to a drive where an user has much more space than on it's system drive by default.

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                                      • Copy and Paste Multiple items

                                        The Ability to copy multiple items at same time and paste from the copied selection items
                                        we can enhance the feature by adding labeling when Copying items as hints

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                                        • Run bash.exe from within VB6 Code by means of Shell() & Cmd.exe Please Support it for inter operability of Linux and Windows applications

                                          I am Wondering Why bash.exe is not running from Shell() function inside
                                          a Visual basic6 program code though CMD.exe and bash.exe are on
                                          the path= "C:\Windows\System32\" , File not found raised as the error.

                                          and here is the Code List in VB6 that Can not launch
                                          bash.exe using Shell() with or without CMD.exe.

                                          Option Explicit

                                          Private Const WAIT_INFINITE = -1&
                                          Private Const SYNCHRONIZE = &H100000

                                          Private Declare Function OpenProcess Lib "kernel32" _
                                          (ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, _
                                          ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, _
                                          ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long

                                          Private Declare Function WaitForSingleObject Lib "kernel32" _
                                          (ByVal hHandle As Long, _ …

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