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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make it possible to manage properties of Windows Console in specific apps

      Once you change properties in specific apps, the change you made never coordinates with the default. And there is no means to reset it to the default without directly changing the registry.
      I'd like to remove the property of PowerShell and reset it to the default.

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        1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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.

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          1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • _write fails to write non-ASCII characters to console(fd=1,2) after setlocale(LC_ALL, ".utf-8");

                              SetConsoleOutputCP(65001);
                              _write(1, u8"ENU中文\n", 10); // succeeds
                              setlocale(LC_ALL, ".utf-8");
                              _write(1, u8"ENU中文\n", 10); // fails
                              ----
                              Probably because the internal function 'write_double_translated_ansi_nolock' assumes that setlocale only supports SBCS/DBCS but not UTF-8, which is no longer true in RS4.
                              The code file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Source\10.0.17134.0\ucrt\lowio\write.cpp

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                                • ReadConsoleA & ReadFile & 'type con' fails to read non-ASCII chars when code page is 65001

                                  Note: ReadConsoleW works because it is 'code page-independent'. WSL works because of some internal workarounds.
                                  Re-inventing the wheel which is an iterator translating UTF-16 to UTF-8 each individual project is rather boring.
                                  This annoyes me a lot since I was interested in using UTF-8 in Windows console.

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                                  • /etc/resolv.conf and secondary DNS suffixes

                                    I wasn't able to find an existing idea for this issue, so I am creating a new one.

                                    This is really a bug report, but the GitHub issue at https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/701 says to provide feedback here, so...

                                    There are two problems to report.

                                    One: the /etc/resolv.conf file is autogenerated when a new WSL session starts, but WSL only pulls in the DNS suffix for the primary domain for the "search" line. The result is that by default, only hosts in the primary domain can be resolved using short/unqualified names. If you need to resolve other short/unqualified hostnames in WSL, you have…

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                                    • i think it good

                                      I want to help

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                                      • Supporting uclust on qiime1 for microbiome analysis

                                        Please support uclust on qiime1 due to performing microbiome analysis from raw DNA sequencing data.
                                        I tried to install qiime1 with miniconda3 on WSL (Windows10 Home, version 1709, OS build 16299.192, 64 bit operating system) recently and last year.
                                        But it resulted in error like Mr. Schenck (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/qiime-forum/uY1rD38CFPM).

                                        The error was that Uclust isn't supported.
                                        I think that WSL can't recognize uclust version because WSL couldn't answer uclust version at that time when I asked it.
                                        I would be grateful if you support uclust on qiime1 on miniconda3 on WSL.

                                        Actual flow
                                        1. Install qiime1 according to QIIME1…

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                                        • 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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