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  1. Please have Vim built-in with Windows Console

    So instead of opening a new text editor window, it just opens with Vim inside the CLI.

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

      Shell escape sequence to set color in console.

      https://github.com/chriskempson/base16-shell

      This changes the current color scheme using escape sequence, and it's really handy, for example, you ssh into a server, and your color scheme changes (like red background for prod server)

      3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Duplicate / Clone the current console window similar to putty's duplicate session

        I'd really like an option to right click the WSL console window and duplicate / clone it. Sometimes I'm working on a tab and I start a task then I decide to running another task in same path. It would be great if I could just duplicate the window and keep working from there.

        Putty already has a similar feature for SSH Connections though, by pressing duplicate session

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

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 3 votes
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            • systemd-nspawn containers need cgroups

              Windows Subsystem for Linux is one of my favorite Windows 10 features. But when I am trying to set up a special Linux environment with lots of compiled-from-source programs and dependencies, I'd rather not clutter it all up for everything else I want to do. The systemd-nspawn containers seem like a good solution. (I also see other ideas for LXC and Docker.) But when I try to use it, I get this error:

              failed to determine whether the unified cgroups hierarchy is used: no
              medium found

              I asked the systemd people if there's any way to fix this. They said,…

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Assign groun `tty` to all /dev/ttyS* with read/write perssions

                At the moment, a user is required to run an elevated command to access any of the new /dev/ttySx serial devices, or they are required to assign a group (or user) access to the serial device.
                Any assigned permissions on /dev/ttySx will be reset to root:root with owner rw only when the bash.exe is closed and re-opened. Which can be come frustrating with automated scripts

                I propose that WSL will assign the group `tty` (or `dialout`) to the serial devices. So that a user may add themselves to the group once and consistently have access to the serial devices without…

                5 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • how to ensure the latest WSL is running after windows update ?

                  sorry if this is the wrong place for questions and support
                  i have received the 1709 windows update
                  afaict wsl is still running fine but has it been upgraded, too ?
                  how can i tell ?
                  should i uninstall then reinstall from the store ? would i then still be running 16.04 as i'd rather stay on tyhe LTS release ...

                  1 vote
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                    2 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

                    1 vote
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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please add CRIU Support

                      CRIU will allow restoring snapshots of running applications from Linux to WSL and vice versa. This will allow live migration of applications to ensure their high availability by resolving kernel issues like 0 Day attacks in kernels.

                      1 vote
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                        0 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.

                        37 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add ADB and Fastboot support for Android devices

                          To be able to access Android devices for developer/diagnostic tasks.

                          8 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  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…

                            74 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Shift+Tab / Backtab escape

                              iTerm (and presumably others) supports a ^[[Z~ escape sequence for Shift+Tab. I've been doing some work on PSReadLine to improve ANSI escape support, and this would be a really helpful addition for the completion commands.

                              4 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make the Windows FS mounts under WSL have reasonable user and group

                                Right now the WSL suffers pretty severely from /mnt/c/ and others having all the files owned by root:root and permissions set to 777.

                                A *LOT* of tools will refuse to work with files with those permissions, files owned by root, or under the root account for security reasons. Some quick examples for developers: git and hg (Mercurial)

                                23 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Please add left margin in the console. It's been so many years...

                                  It's been years. I mean YEARS. People still ask for this. Adding some left margin would greatly improve readability. I don't think it's hard to ask for some left margin or some padding... Someone on the dev team please track this issue and I mean actually track it and give the community some feedback.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • 5 votes
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                                    • Add "Set to default" to color tool

                                      Since shortcut settings are opaque, it can be very annoying to keep multiple terminal programs in sync. It would be nice if we could set a console to the settings we have stored in Default with one-click / command.

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Windows Firewall should support Pico/WSL

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

                                        87 votes
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                                        • 14 votes
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