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  1. 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"

    2 votes
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      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) support in WSL

      Please add FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) interface /dev/fuse into WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).
      With FUSE, we can access from WSL to file storages regularly used with Linux cluster environments such as GlusterFS, Moose FS, etc.

      1,909 votes
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        239 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Windows Firewall should support Pico/WSL

        Frustratingly the Windows Firewall itself does not support WSL even in the creators update.,

        98 votes
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          10 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Run WSL binaries in Windows without 'bash.exe -c'

          It would be nice for Windows to be able to run binaries in WSL without needing to prefix 'bash.exe -c'. The main reason for this would be editor integration. For example, VS Code language extensions require the binary for the language to be in your PATH and often do not work without it. It seems like a waste to install the language in both Windows and WSL just to get editor integration.

          Obviously, executables from Windows will still have a higher priority. Only when the executable cannot be found in the Windows PATH should it now attempt to run the…

          83 votes
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            4 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            3 votes
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            • Would love to have MTR support

              MTR is a very useful tool for Ops people. I would love to not have to fire up my Ubuntu VM to be able to run mtr.

              Currently I get "mtr: unable to get raw sockets." when attempting to run it.

              51 votes
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                3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Consider enabling cron jobs, daemons and background tasks

                Bash/WSL doesn't support cron jobs, daemons or background tasks in Win10AU. The ability to run background jobs would be very useful. Please consider adding this feature.

                1,427 votes
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                  58 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Windows Console options mockup

                  Mockup: https://imgur.com/LjRKwIZ
                  Some ideas that could be added in Windows Setting about the Windows Console:
                  Select a new default shell: Allow user to select PowerShell, Command Prompt or Bash as default shell across the system
                  Reset Windows Console options: Reset all users customizations in Console>Right Click> Default & Properties windows.
                  Apply following settings to Windows Console:
                  - Use legacy console (As in Console Properties window)
                  - Various edit options
                  - Command History settings
                  - Font settings
                  - Text selection
                  - Transparency (View better transparency option on uservoice)
                  - Etc

                  Maybe can be added a section dedicated to Windows Console

                  5 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • sudo npm install -g serverless

                    What makes wsl so useful to me and many others is being able to do web/cloud based development stuff from within Windows. At the moment I've had good results with things like the AWS CLI for linux and many other things, but serverless is not playing ball:

                    nickw@DESKTOP-OREBB4V:~
                    $sudo npm install -g serverless
                    /usr/bin/serverless -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless
                    /usr/bin/sls -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless
                    /usr/bin/slss -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/bin/serverless

                    > serverless@1.26.1 postinstall /usr/lib/node_modules/serverless
                    > node ./scripts/postinstall.js

                    oh oh Error: EACCES: permission denied, open '/usr/lib/node_modules/serverless/node_modules/tabtab/.completions/serverless.bash'
                    Could not auto-install serverless autocomplete script.
                    Please copy / paste the script above into your shell.

                    ┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
                    │ serverless update check failed │ …

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                    • Support mounting xfs/ext2/ext3/ext4/etc. partitions / drives / loop files

                      I have a multi-boot laptop, and would like to mount my xfs / extn / etc. partitions and boot to linux only when needed.

                      981 votes
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                        69 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add Wireless Device Support

                        iwconfig and other wireless device tools cannot interact with wireless devices. While ifconfig, ip, etc network support has been added and displays the wireless devices (wifi0, wifi1, ...), iwconfig and other tools cannot detect wireless support. Considering the omnipresence of wifi, this makes the "Enable network connection enumeration" request feel technically fulfilled but practically half-done. Can we expect wifi support in the near future? Or are there work arounds involving the installation or compilation of particular tools?

                        139 votes
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                          18 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please enable WSL to run 32 bit ELF binaries

                          It seems that executing 32bit ELF binaries results in "Exec format error" - guessing the kernel doesn't have 32 bit emulation support (compilation is fine, but precompiled binaries don't run). A vast number of legacy programs are still 32 bit, please add support if it won't completely destroy everything in the process - thanks!

                          890 votes
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                            132 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add camera support

                            It would be great if the bash can connect to the cameras on the PC/laptop. I was trying to use ARtoolkit but it wouldn't run on bash because the camera is not connected to the bash.

                            72 votes
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                            • Support mknod /dev/net /tun in WSL

                              Support mknod /dev/net /tun in WSL:
                              github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/874

                              130 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support for running systemd

                                Not to replace the current WSL init, per se, but it would be very useful to be able to run "systemd --system --unit=foo.target" as a way to set up and manage sets of services/daemons required for particular development, etc., configurations.

                                189 votes
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                                  12 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make WSL filesystem accessible from Windows

                                  Access to the Windows filesystem from WSL is easy enough. Now we need access to the WSL filesystem from Windows.

                                  464 votes
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                                    11 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support gpg2 smartcard integration (yubikey)

                                    Don't see a way at present to use a yubikey/smartcard inside WLS. Seems like this would require USB support in order to integrate directly. Only workaround at present is to SSH into WSL and forward the ssh key, which makes the ssh-agent available to WSL, but still not the gpg-agent.

                                    103 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Filesystem slow compared with native Ubuntu system.

                                      http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=windows-10-lxcore&num=1

                                      Lists some benchmarks across Ubuntu and this subsystem. It is very competitive with Native Ubuntu Linux, except when it comes to filesystem access.

                                      Filesystem access is important for compilation, as well as the thousands of "watcher" js and ruby programs that constantly touch the filesystem, which are the stated target market.

                                      So, find a way to speed that up. (I don't know how you are currently mounting the filesystem, so I can't offer any ideas, other than removes as many layers as possible to the filesystem.)

                                      If you are using the ntfs systems in Linux, you might consider implementing…

                                      540 votes
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                                        36 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Replace the titlebar colour into black. White titlebar is distracting to CLI contents.

                                        The current white titlebar (when not using the optional theme color) is really distracting and just looks out-of-place on CLI.

                                        I suggest that the console window should be like this: https://imgur.com/a/UQZS9

                                        This is Hyper, a 3rd-party terminal app. An example of modern looking CLI that I think Windows deserve to have out-of-the-box. It is clean and way more focused to the CLI itself rather than the GUI chrome.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • enable kernel header support, as well as linux-tools-3.4.0+

                                          Some features that require kernel support, such as openAFS and perf (and kernel level linux-tools in general), do not work due to lack of kernel support. Is that something we can expect to be implemented any time soon? Perhaps, not by implementing a Linux kernel, but by having Windows kernel work with Linux kernel headers?

                                          19 votes
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