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  1. Bidirectional text support

    There are a few languages that can be written right-to-left (RTL), sometimes intermixing with the left-to-right pieces, like numbers or English words. It is crucial for Middle East countries to support this everywhere. Some Linux console programs, like Konsole or Mlterm already support it, but there is ongoing work everywhere else. It would be awesome if Microsoft will lead the way and help with adoption.

    See [1] and [2] for more information.

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bi-directional_text

    [2] https://www.w3.org/International/articles/inline-bidi-markup/uba-basics

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    • Two accounts, one box --

      I have administrator and personal accounts on my laptop. I installed ubuntu18.04 on the administrator account. There does not seem to be any way for the personal account to access the administrators ubuntu. (1) is it possible; (2) if not, can it be made so; (3) if it cannot, this would probably be a good idea (multiple account access to a single installation). If you think about it, this is the way "real" linux installations are.

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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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        • Add support for FAT "Function not implemented"

          Add support for FAT drives mounted in windows to be accessible under WSL.

          Currently, you receive "Function not implemented"

          This would allow Google Drive to be accessible under WSL.

          1 vote
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          • Open bash in current folder from context menu

            I would love a right-click option in a folder to open the current folder in a WSL distro. right click to open in the folder C:\Users\account would open a terminal in /mnt/C/Users/account

            124 votes
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            • Add support for SFTP for cURL

              In Windows 1803 you shipped cURL with Windows (yay!) but it doesn't support SFTP. It supports other secure transfers (https) but not SFTP. Please add support for SFTP in the cURL that ships with Windows.

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              • 3 votes
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                • Kernel thread creation is not working in WSL

                  Yesterday I was in my operative system class, and we were studyng about user and kernel thread creation.

                  The user thread example ran well, using the pthread library in C. But when I ran the kernel thread example, it failed and I couldn't create the thread. For that example we used the macro clone in library sched.h

                  I'd be good if WSL could support that type of thread creation.

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                  • Command line needs more love for developers. It doesn't feel on par with the Linux/Mac development experience.

                    Appeareance is simply ugly.

                    Windows should strive to attract more talented developers. User Experience (for Developers!) also matters.

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                    • Making DrvFS fmask=111 usable

                      (from https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/3267)

                      At the moment when using a git repo on DrvFS, all new files will be created as +x, which git detects and sets core.filemode=false. Enabling fmask=111 in drvfs options fixes this, but that breaks all .exe interop, since those need the +x bit too.

                      As mentioned in the WSL bug, this can be worked around by adding an explicit mount with the options in fstab, but those entries are not auto-mapped when invoking `bash.exe` or `wsl.exe` from windows, meaning either you need to manually mount without fmask any PATH entries and re-write the WSL-side mapped paths, or…

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                      • Block device support for embedded systems

                        I would like to be able to build the yocto project for embedded Linux natively which is possible currently. However I am unable to dd to /dev/sda to deploy it to the target because It is an external block device. Do we know if this will ever be supported?

                        7 votes
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                        • Have dev/shm actually use RAM instead of system drive

                          dev/shm appears to be using disk space as creating objects there decreases available space and IO speed is significantly limited.

                          9 votes
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                          • wslpath: output path in quotes

                            Please add a feature to the wslpath WSL tool to output the converted path in quotes. This would allow easy piping even if the path contains spaces.

                            Currently:
                            $ wslpath "C:\Path to\My file.txt"
                            /mnt/c/Path to/my file.txt

                            Desired:
                            $ wslpath "C:\Path to\My file.txt"
                            "/mnt/c/Path to/my file.txt"

                            1 vote
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                              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Command to convert Windows path to WSL path

                              I'd like a command (to use in batch files) to convert a Windows path to a path usable in WSL.

                              For example:
                              C:\Users\me\Desktop -> /mnt/c/Users/me/Desktop
                              "D:\Photos\2018 Holiday" -> /mnt/d/Photos/2018\ Holiday

                              Makes it easier to call bash scripts from a Windows batch file with files/directories as parameters.

                              1 vote
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                              • Andoid Distro Support

                                I'm very happy about Ubuntu / SUSE / Fedora options for WSL. But isn't Android based on Linux as well? It would be AMAZING to be able to test/run Android apps using WSL, as other Linux apps are able to run GUIs in Windows in the current version.

                                29 votes
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                                • 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,…

                                  4 votes
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                                  • BUG: /etc/resolv.conf contents destroyed

                                    Using Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS from Windows Store, I find I need to add additional domain names to the search line. Editing the /etc/resolv.conf file as root, I find:

                                    # This file was automatically generated by WSL. To stop automatic generation of this file, remove this line.

                                    So I removed the line, saved my changes, closed and reopened the emulator. My changes do not take effect, the file was re-written again. Please fix this.

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                                    • ConHost should support OTF fonts

                                      More and more fonts are OTF rather than TTF (e.g. nerdfonts.com)

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Could you add /dev/fb0?

                                        I really want to see X work in WSL.

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                                        • /proc/sys/fs/file-max does not exist

                                          I am attempting to run a bioinformatics pipeline using WSL. This pipeline relies on information within /proc/sys/fs/file-max.

                                          On standard Linux distros, this file is a plain text buffer containing an integer. WSL does not appear to have this file.

                                          [error] On machine: **omitted**, /proc/sys/fs/file-max does not exist.

                                          Reproduce by running the following command on WSL and compare to a Linux system.

                                          $ cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max

                                          File does not exist.

                                          A plain text buffer containing an integer should be present.

                                          4 votes
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