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  1. Open command bash and windows closed after I hit enter

    Open command bash and windows closed after I hit enter. Any idea how to fix it?

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      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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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        1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Default terminal shortcut

          Create a shortcut (like Ctrl+Alt+T in many Linux distributions to lauch the default console). Maybe when done in an Explorer window should it navigate to the folder?

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Can I explicitly start/stop a Linux subsystem?

            Hello, I'm a WSL user, sometimes I just start a bash window and bring up services such as MySQL or nginx on that window, but when I close the bash window, the background process(nginx or MySQL services) are gone, I think It's because the bash window is closed.
            So Is there a way to let the background process running while all Bash windows are closed? Or can this be added as a new feature in the future? Thanks.

            20 votes
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              2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 210 votes
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                3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                29 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Custom interior padding

                  Would be a great thing to be able to set the interior padding in Powershell (to something else than the default of 1 px).

                  Other people have talked about this before, for example see: https://superuser.com/questions/1123126/adding-padding-to-powershell-window-just-as-in-css

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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.

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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' | $…

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                        3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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.

                        6 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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

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                            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make core dump files available in WSL

                            When a process crashes on WSL it does not generate a core dump, even if the necessary configuration is in place.

                            This is critical for debugging complex issues during development.

                            Referencing this issue: https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1262

                            32 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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.

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                                1 comment  ·  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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                                  1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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 →
                                  • 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

                                    56 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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

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                                      • Please backport WSL fixes addressed in Insider builds to current stable Windows (FCU currently)

                                        There are a couple of fixes for things such as https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/2448 that are in the process of being backported. My request is just an extension of that to include ALL WSL fixes (current and future) to be backported to FCU until the next stable release. It makes no sense for organizations that need the fixes to continue developing but can't use Insider builds to just be forced to put projects on hold or harder simply because Microsoft only keeps the fixes to the latest Insider build only. If WSL is truly considered no longer beta and is getting full support…

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Add: SQL Server database support for WSL

                                          I am using Ubuntu bash in Windows 10 falls creator update. I am so in love with it, I went ahead and created multiple .NET Core applications, including MVC web apps in Linux. Now what I am missing is support for Native SQL Server database in WSL. I want to use the WSL as a self contained Dev environment for .NET Core development in Linux without bothering about having another Linux VM or so.
                                          Please add this feature so that we could at-least install SQL server developer edition in WSL and can build great data driven apps.

                                          3 votes
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