Command Prompt / Console / Windows Subsystem for Linux

Shrouded in the mists of time, the Windows Console was created. For millenia, geeks and developers wrought their command-line tools but after a while, a great lacking was noticed. And so, legions of ever intrepid command-line mavens migrated to other shells and consoles, ’til but a stalwart few remained.

In Windows 10, with a deep rumbling, the ancient, weary, Windows Console heaved a great sigh and began to tremble. New features appeared, but slow was the (aparrent) progress.

But then, in early 2016, from under a rock evolved a group of new console dev’s. And then a PM. The journey to modernity had begun … again! WE’RE BACK! AGAIN!

Please post your asks, ideas, wants and needs below: We ARE listening, and we ARE grateful for your feedback!

@RichTurn_ms, Paul, Mike1 & Mike2.

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  1. 1 vote
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      2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Things that we miss (Our experience using BashOnWindows)

        Hi, we are a team who work using node.js. We are very excited about BashOnWindow because using it, we can write bash scripts to setup, and start our development environment in any OS. There is only two things that we miss in order to use it efectively:

        * Launch new terminals: Since there is no graphic server, We can't run commands in a new terminal. For example, I can't write a script that starts 'webpack-dev-server' and 'meteor'. In practice, this is a huge limitation.

        * Lack of file exposure: If you copy a file from Windows to BashOnWindows using the…

        4 votes
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          0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow to launch static executables from Windows explorer appending a .exe extension

          Some static executables works without using any device file or full paths. (for example, a program that download a file in current directory over ʜᴛᴛᴘ from a static ɪᴘ)

          So it would be interesting to launch those executables as console program by just double clicking on them like we normally do for normal .exe programs…

          6 votes
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            1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Implement spawn limit in WSL/Bash.

            :(){ : | : & };:

            The above fork bomb will when executed in WSL/Bash crash windows with a bluescreen. It is a classic UNIX killer. Linux distros usually implement a spawn limit to make sure you can't do this. I suggest you do so.

            12 votes
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              2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Small collection of official WSL utilities akin to Cygwin

              There are a bunch of small interop related problem areas that developers will over and over roll their own incompatible (and buggy) scripts to fix...

              These include:
              - cygpath: convert path from WSL to Windows, Windows to WSL
              - getfacl and setfacl: display the Windows file/directory ACLs
              - line ending conversion with conv, d2u, dos2unix, u2d, and unix2dos
              - simple way of accessing the WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT variables of the process we're running inside of.
              - ELF version of "clip.exe" for clipboard access...

              I'm sure developers will come up with hundreds of different implementations of each of these, but it would…

              19 votes
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                1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Chrooting into existing installations

                In conjunction with the request for ext4 mount support, chrooting into existing installations instead of deploying a new distro install in WSL would be a great addition to the upcoming multi-distro support.

                23 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SSH private key with Powershell Bash

                  Hey,

                  with new addition of Linux Subsystem, having easier option of adding private keys for SSH would be great. Currently, i find implementation quite bothersome. Workarounds from over the net are quite gray area and they dont work 100 % of time ( or i simply didnt found solution which will work as intended ).

                  In my opinion this is a must have for System Admin which work on both Linux and Windows, with Windows 10 as personal OS. Some configuration based on Putty would be great, where you can store commonly used ip-s and fqdns of servers, adding new,…

                  1 vote
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                    0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Problem with keyboard mappings

                    Well, I installed it on my 1703 build and there I was at the prompt:

                    Username? Mac
                    Password? This_day_we_are_gathered_together
                    Repeat Password: This_day_we_are_gathered_together
                    (rumble-rumble-rumble)
                    Login: q!z (or something) - [I'd typed Mac]

                    Evidently at login time bash decided that I was from Outer Mongolia or somewhere and gave me the appropriate keyboard. with totally strange key-mappings.

                    Needless to say I couldn't log in at all, either as Administrator or Mac . . .

                    Now that's what I call security!

                    Need to revisit default keyboard mappings.

                    Allbest - Andrew

                    2 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • please make the console aware to the on-screen keyboard

                      When Bash/WSL is in full screen and I use the on-screen keyboard, it hides half on the lines, I wish the window will resize itself as needed.
                      note that this works perfectly when using split apps (snap 2 windows),
                      would be great if it would work for the full screen as well

                      7 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • you said 'You can switch back to the old console host very easily' how?

                        you said 'You can switch back to the old console host very easily' how?

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                          1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Let PROMPT honor regional settings

                          For now PROMPT's $t variable do not takes into account regional setting "Show leading zeroes". Let's correct this :)

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • LXC (cgroups?) support

                            Linux Kernel provides a way of grouping processes into isolated environments. This is the basis of LXC and Docker. Adding these primitives to the WSL Kernel would help with building applications and packages in a clean environment (see: snapcraft cleanbuild, which uses LXD: https://snapcraft.io/docs/reference/snapcraft-command#cleanbuild) without cluttering our main Ubuntu installation with packages that are not needed for general use, but are needed to build a single package that one time (at band camp).

                            77 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Win+X (developer menu) fix it back! cmd.exe + ubuntu bash

                              You removed from Windows 10 developer menu (win+x) cmd.exe and replaced it with Powershell. Powershell is ok but return cmd.exe as soon as possible, please. Good idea is also to add Ubuntu bash there.
                              Happy that win+r works. If you add there option to run as admin it's enough for me.

                              5 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • du -h reports wrong file size on DrvFs

                                du -h reports wrong file size on DrvFs

                                Please see the GitHub issue already reported here: https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1894

                                6 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add USB HID Support

                                  In order to be able to support embedded debug from WSL using a DAPLink interface: https://developer.mbed.org/handbook/DAPLink. The MSD / CDC support are helpful, but still missing the HID support for debugging over Pyocd.

                                  22 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Let programs enable ANSI color support by setting CLICOLOR=1

                                    Currently all my Python scripts contain this code block so that ANSI color escape codes also work on Windows: https://gist.github.com/jhasse/4566a83b40a08d7b4987444276e4dddc

                                    It would be great, if this could just be done in a one liner by setting an environment variable for example (nearly all languages have cross-platform support for that).

                                    macOS uses CLICOLOR to enable colored output for their command line utils so it might be a good idea to reuse that: https://bixense.com/clicolors

                                    8 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support for bonding kernel driver

                                      I wanted to use the bonding module inside WSL, to test some things, but as other users, I can't modprobe it.

                                      I've read about being a problem to support kernel modules generally, so I'm asking specifically for this one, just in case there's something you can do.

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • windows authentication could be shared in WSL

                                        WSL should be able to share or link to windows users and instead of creating new ones, we can just link existing windows users and pop up windows authentication dialog when logging in or do 'sudo's.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • ARM support

                                          Support ARM processors.

                                          17 votes
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