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  1. Support for IDEA exposure for the Linux dev tools like git and mvn, make etc

    While the WSL is a great tool and is powerfull, there is a realy big gap were having now. I need to redudntly install stuff if I use an IDEA (like intellij or eclipse). To expose git to these tools. I can try to be creative with bat scripts to expose some of the bash native git. But then there is achance to get a "Cannot launch bash because another instance is running un-elevated. Elevated and un-elevated instances are not permitted to run simultaneously." response (and break your bat script).

    What I would love to see a way to be…

    31 votes
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      3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow to set file permissions on NTFS partitions from WSL

      Allow commands like chmod to set file permissions on NTFS partitions. Currently WSL supports a limited one way permission mapping from Windows ACL's to POSIX permissions but it needs to be 2-way. Many basic tasks like using ssh keys or working with git repos require being able to set file permissions. It doesn't even matter that much to which exactly windows ACL certain permissions map as long as they are consistent (e.g. setting perms with chmod and then getting them with stat should result in exact same perms).

      This is a followup to this closed issue: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/13309479-emulate-posix-compliant-filesystem-permissions

      47 votes
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        6 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Proper SSO for Bash on Ubuntu on Windows using Keystore/Credential Manager

        Please can we have proper SSO for SSH - I mean if I have logged onto windows why can't ssh get keys from the windows keystore / credential manager

        4 votes
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          0 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.

          46 votes
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            0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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"

            8 votes
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              2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  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

              26 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Command line needs more love for developers. It doesn't feel on par with the Linux/Mac development experience.

                Appeareance is simply ugly.

                Windows should strive to attract more talented developers. User Experience (for Developers!) also matters.

                2 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Wrap a DLL as a .so

                  If you provided a wrapper for DLLs to expose them as Linux shared object files, WSL programs could call into them to execute functions that use Windows drivers.

                  The example I have in mind is that my Python code, running in WSL, could load one of these wrapped DLLs posing as a .so file, and execute code that makes CUDA calls running against the native OS drivers.

                  See also https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-windows-subsystem-for-l/suggestions/16108045-opencl-cuda-gpu-support

                  5 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  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

                    68 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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 →
                      • errors on Kali Linux......

                        Window 10 is the best os ever and Kali Linux is the best app ever on windows 10.....but there are many errors in Kali Linux wsl Microsoft.....there are many app which are not working.....like airmon-ng....nmap......and many more.....please fix this guys.....

                        5 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  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.

                          2,013 votes
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                            257 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.

                            6 votes
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                              0 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.,

                              99 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…

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

                                  55 votes
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                                    3 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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                                    • enable nfs mount for BASH for windows

                                      If we can mount remote fs on the windows machines that would be great , Please help us get past putty and other ssh clients

                                      16 votes
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                                      • 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.

                                        1,439 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 →
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