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  1. WSL: Add Hardwaresupport for Video capture devices

    Hello,
    I want to use process my webcam stream via OpenCV. Apparently there is no support for webcams yet, as /dev/ is pretty empty.

    ´--- Opening /dev/video0...
    stat: No such file or directory
    ´

    32 votes
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      4 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make headless WSL images freely available

      WSL is an amazing piece of work, and despite most developers knowing about it by now, the workflow for actually making use of it is incredibly constrained.

      As a lifelong Microsoft user (and oftentimes vocal advocate) recently returning to Windows after 10 years of OS X, I'm a little depressed to find bug reports in my projects that have been sitting idle for months that turned out to be simple 1 line fixes, that I could not test because WSL is so inaccessible.

      It seems that, if for no other reason than allowing people to debug simple WSL problems or…

      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.

        3 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Windows Command-Line  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • QuickEdit select should automatically copy

          After using Linux for 30 years, some habits are very hard to change.
          One of the things that are in muscle-memory is
          - select text with mouse
          - change to other window
          - middle-button to paste

          Middle-button or Right-button is one thing, but I always forget to right-click to copy after selecting so I end up pasting something quite unintended .....

          Can we please have auto-copy-on-select when using QuickEdit? It's even quicker that way :-)

          Regards,
          Bent

          7 votes
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            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Publish nuget package for managed pseudo terminal

            It would be great if you published a netstandard (Windows-only, but useable in Framework or Core) nuget package with a robust managed wrapper using code similar to whats in your MiniTerm example. As part of your existing open source repo, we could all help on developing it so people need only reference an official nuget package and easily make their own ConPTY clients.

            1 vote
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              0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Copied selection should include newlines instead of spaces

              When copying multiple lines, WSL doesn't detect newlines, and simply includes ~hundred spaces depending on the line length.

              Example: if I copy the output of `echo -e "hi\nhi\nhi"`, WSL will actually capture "hi hi hi" instead of "hi
              hi
              hi"

              3 votes
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              • To be able to open tabs would be great.

                I am stuck using a MAC at work because the terminal is far superior. with Linux/MAC I can open multiple tabs in the terminal, with windows WSL I have to open a bunch of windows. Sometimes I will has 7 or 8 tabs open at once... Adding tabs to the command terminal would be an excellent upgrade. I work with a bunch of DevOps and TechOps people and the vast majority would rather be using windows, but because of the lack of features with the command box they are stuck using MAC's

                52 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  3 votes
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                  • Add suppor to Bluetooth on WSL

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

                    49 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Kinect Support

                      I am currently working on a project that involves an Xbox Kinect with ROS (The Robot Operating System) and currently, the Linux console/subsystem doesn't have support for the Xbox Kinect. This feature would be highly appreciated.

                      2 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Option to have double-clicking text not include a trailing white space character

                        Similar to how we were given the option to use ctrl+shift+c/v to cut and paste, it would be great if we could double-click text inside a terminal and not have it select a trailing white space character. Similar to how a Linux terminal works.

                        3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            0 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.

                            50 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Easier way to reinstall WSL distros

                              Request: An easier way reinstall distros.
                              it was previously possible to do it with lxrun, but now with wslconfig it is more manual

                              When experimenting I break my installs a lot and want to get back to a clean start.
                              Previously i could run
                              lxrun /uninstall /full /y ; lxrun /install
                              Which would blow it away, and then put it back on.

                              But now according to the docs at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/wsl-config
                              You now run
                              wslconfig /unregister <DistributionName>
                              and then need to go back into the windows store and manually install it again.
                              An automated way to do it like we could…

                              5 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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…

                                6 votes
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                                • Support iptables

                                  Originally posted on Github around a year ago: https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/767

                                  Not sure how feasible this is to implement, but I've found myself in a couple of situations where it would've come in quite useful.

                                  189 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • ConHost should support OTF fonts

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

                                    7 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      4 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • make /d the default behavior for CD

                                          Today when I work in CMD after each cd I type /d, isn't better to include it by default?

                                          4 votes
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