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Shrouded in the mists of time, the Windows Console was created. For millenia, geeks and developers wrought their command-line tools but after a while, a great lacking was noticed. And so, legions of ever intrepid command-line mavens migrated to other shells and consoles, ’til but a stalwart few remained.

In Windows 10, with a deep rumbling, the ancient, weary, Windows Console heaved a great sigh and began to tremble. New features appeared, but slow was the (aparrent) progress.

But then, in early 2016, from under a rock evolved a group of new console dev’s. And then a PM. The journey to modernity had begun … again! WE’RE BACK! AGAIN!

Please post your asks, ideas, wants and needs below: We ARE listening, and we ARE grateful for your feedback!

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  1. Support AF_PACKET address family (tcpdump/wireshark...)

    From https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1628

    It would be great to get support for AF_PACKET, as some networking tools or software rely on that.

    Samples of tool that won't work without it:
    - tcpdump (socket: Invalid argument)
    - wireshark
    - some nmap functions
    - Scapy

    856 votes
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      142 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow WSL root folder location to be in a separate EXT4 partition recognized by windows

      The idea is basically allowing the user to actually play with the files in a GUI environment with all the added perks of an explorer window.

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        1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add gnumeric support for WSL

          It would be nice if I could apt install gnumeric.
          Gnumeric is the only application I really miss on windows.

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            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • It isn't bad but needs work.

            Packages like rsyslogd, should not by default attempt to do things that are unsupported in the system, like for example create directories in /proc, or attempt to set SO_TIMESTAMP on /dev/log.

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              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support installing and fully uninstalling from CMD/Powershell

              I use Windows for about 25 years now but I never used the Windows store. Never had a reason to. I don't want to install and uninstall WSL form Windows store.

              I'd like to install it, or fullly uninstall WSL (Ubuntu in my case) directly form CLI. I assume I'm not the only one.

              By "full uninstall" I mean to delete all the file system, including files that were created customly , like som .sh files in the user's directory.

              1 vote
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                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Selecting text shouldn't pause program

                Many people run into the unexpected behavior that accidentally selecting text on the console causes their program to pause when it tries to write to the output stream.

                While text is selected, the console should continue to read from the output stream, and have some different way to provide stable text selection (freeze the scrollbar, or just render the text after the selection ended?).

                Here's some other users who probably find the current behavior unintuitive:
                https://superuser.com/questions/555160/windows-command-prompt-freezing-on-focus
                https://superuser.com/questions/459609/what-does-it-do-exactly-if-i-click-in-the-window-of-cmd

                9 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Reflect Windows proxy setting to http_proxy

                  Reflect Windows proxy setting by setting http_proxy, etc environment variables on WSL.

                  1 vote
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                    1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support to go to developmental builds within the Linux builds

                    Currently we are only able to run the current stable build for say Ubuntu (16.04 LTS). After changing the config file to allow all upgrades available in developmental release after upgrading to FSU, I now am unable to perform the upgrade to 16.10 and higher. I would like to see support to have the ability to upgrade to the latest versions available so that we won't have to download the development build and place it in a VM or Docker container for testing purposes.

                    6 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add suppor to Bluetooth on WSL

                      Exposing bluetooth to the WSL is necessary to develop IoT without having ot fire up a Viertual Machine.

                      1 vote
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                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • ssh-agent not persisting added identities

                        title stolen from superuser forum, this is a deal breaker as an admin, I need the ssh-agent to "just work" every time I open WSL. right now I have to run commands to add identities every time I reboot or restart bash. I just find myself going back to putty to log into hosts so I don't have to go through the process of | eval $(ssh-agent) -> ssh-add <username>.pem blah blah

                        7 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Implement the && statement separator in Powershell

                          Support a series of commands separated by &&, just like CMD and Bash do. Example:

                          git fetch && git checkout origin/master && msbuild /m

                          Halt execution when any command returns a non-zero exit value, without making the user set $ErrorActionPreference

                          Similar item over on windowsserver.uservoice.com has several votes:

                          https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/301869-powershell/suggestions/11087898-implement-the-and-operators-that-bash-has

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Offline Licenses for WSL Distributions on the Windows Store

                            Currently, WSL distributions are not available with offline licenses, if they are added to a company's Windows Store for Business, they need to be explicitly assigned to end users. Making WSL distributions available with an offline deployment would help smooth deployment of WSL for enterprises that have locked down the Windows Store. The current workaround of manually downloading via https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-on-server#install-a-linux-distribution isn't really great, there's no good way to keep track of updates, the distrubtion winds up in a directory we don't really want, etc.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Double click to enter selection mode

                              Now the selection mode starts to work when you just click on a console window. Sometimes you don't want it, and it may cause losing of contents of the clipboard. It is better to use double click for entering this mode.

                              4 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • DrvFS support for "Shared Folders" in Virtual Machines

                                DrvFS is unable to access the "shared folders" of a host machine when running inside a VM like VMware.

                                We often use VMs for testing and shared folders are a great way to move data between the host and different VMs.

                                For details see https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1959 and https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1954

                                47 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • xterm modifyOtherKeys - ^1 C-1 Ctrl+1 Ctrl+number

                                  Support the xterm "modifyOtherKeys" feature, so that combinations of Ctrl/Alt/Meta can be used with number keys. For example, Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2 ... Ctrl+9.

                                  Currently the terminal only supports Shift+number and Alt+number.

                                  C-1: 1 (i.e. not different form a plain 1 keystroke)
                                  C-2: ^@
                                  C-3: ^[
                                  C-4: ^\
                                  C-5: ^]
                                  C-6: ^^
                                  C-7: ^_
                                  C-8: ^?
                                  C-9: 9 (i.e. plain 9)
                                  C-0: 0 (i.e. plain 0)

                                  If "modifyOtherKeys" is set, then these keys would send:
                                  C-1: ^[[27;5;49~
                                  C-2: ^[[27;5;50~
                                  C-3: ^[[27;5;51~
                                  C-4: ^[[27;5;52~
                                  C-5: ^[[27;5;53~
                                  C-6: ^[[27;5;54~
                                  C-7: ^[[27;5;55~
                                  C-8: ^[[27;5;56~
                                  C-9: ^[[27;5;57~
                                  C-0: ^[[27;5;48~

                                  Similar keystrokes apply for Ctrl+Alt+number and Ctrl+Shift+number,…

                                  4 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add msgget and all function to control message queue

                                    Message queue (IPC) doesn't work.
                                    Errno message says that the function has not yet been implemented.
                                    lsb_release:
                                    Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS

                                    4 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Please have Vim built-in with Windows Console

                                      So instead of opening a new text editor window, it just opens with Vim inside the CLI.

                                      6 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve piping & interop syntax

                                        Let's say you work on windows (cmd/powershell), and you want to pipe something to linux, do something there, and pipe something out. For example, copying to clipboard cowsaying all files/folders from C\Windows starting with 's'. (Yes. Very practical example)

                                        Normally, you would use this syntax
                                        C:\Windows>dir | bash -c "grep '\ss'" | bash -c "cowsay" | clip

                                        It would work, but it is rather verbose & it needs to have those quotation marks, which is annoying.

                                        I have used a nice utility ($.exe from https://github.com/neosmart/RunInBash), which makes this look a bit better:
                                        C:\Windows>dir | $ grep '\ss' | $…

                                        1 vote
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                                        • Support kernel namespaces and cgroups (for Docker, headless Chrome, ...)

                                          Kernel namespaces are a Linux feature that enables sandboxing (used in things like headless browsers) and containerization (i.e. Docker).

                                          It would be great if WSL supported those scenarios.

                                          15 votes
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