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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…

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      2 comments  ·  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?

      6 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support ctrl+c signals for windows applications launched from WSL/bash

        In short: Make ctrl+c interrupt / kill windows applications launched from WSL.

        In long: At the moment windows executables launched from bash / WSL do not terminate when I ctrl+c the process. For example I might launch a compilation step which uses a windows .exe, and then decide to cancel it and modify something first. After ctrl+C the bash terminal thinks the process is stopped and lets me begin typing new commands, but the compilation keeps running and spills output into the terminal. Any file locks etc. will also be held which might block further commands I want to execute.…

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          2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • "where" command does not support translated directory names

          Today I tripped over what's probably a bug (or at least a missing feature) in the "where" command.

          I have a (third party) batch file that uses Java's "keytool.exe" and checks for its existence in the PATH with "where keytool".

          Since I didn't have it on the path yet, I added

          C:\Programme\Java\jdk1.8.0_45\bin

          to the PATH via the system properties. ("Programme" being the translated German directory name for "Program Files".

          I started a new command line prompt, and tested it: Running just "keytool" (from outside the Java bin directory of course) worked just fine . However "where keytool" said that it…

          2 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Windows Command-Line  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make it possible to choose text and background colors regardless of ANSI color palette

            There are some people who like light-yellow background with black text or light-green text with black background.

            1 vote
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              0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add gnumeric support for WSL

              It would be nice if I could apt install gnumeric.
              Gnumeric is the only application I really miss on windows.

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                2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support installing and fully uninstalling from CMD/Powershell

                I use Windows for about 25 years now but I never used the Windows store. Never had a reason to. I don't want to install and uninstall WSL form Windows store.

                I'd like to install it, or fullly uninstall WSL (Ubuntu in my case) directly form CLI. I assume I'm not the only one.

                By "full uninstall" I mean to delete all the file system, including files that were created customly , like som .sh files in the user's directory.

                2 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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

                  20 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support AF_PACKET address family (tcpdump/wireshark...)

                    From https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1628

                    It would be great to get support for AF_PACKET, as some networking tools or software rely on that.

                    Samples of tool that won't work without it:
                    - tcpdump (socket: Invalid argument)
                    - wireshark
                    - some nmap functions
                    - Scapy

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                      211 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Run services when Windows starts?

                      In Bash, I can set services to boot on startup with something like this:

                      sudo systemctl enable application.service

                      However, it would be really handy if certain Bash services started when Windows started. (especially for web servers, database engines etc.)

                      I know the way Windows and Linux does services is quite different but as an example, it would be great if I could start Windows and know that my local MongoDB server is all fired up and ready to go.

                      Would love to know other peoples thoughts on this and if it's at all feasible?

                      Thanks, Anthony
                      Twitter: @anthonycook

                      247 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Proper colours on terminal output.

                        Directory listings 'bible' and 'tests' for instance seem to have text background and proper text foreground colours switched https://twitter.com/windowsdev/status/979730837259411459. Text background colour should match background colour. Not very readable in current state.

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                          0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Is it possible to add a Command to Run ... Which brings Up Ubonto GUI interface just Like GUI command available in MATLAB.

                          Is it possible to add a Command to Run ... Which brings Up Ubuntu GUI interface just Like GUI command available in MATLAB

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                            1 comment  ·  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

                            41 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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 →
                              • 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

                                53 votes
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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 →
                                  • 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.

                                    7 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.

                                      2 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Implement the && statement separator in Powershell

                                          Support a series of commands separated by &&, just like CMD and Bash do. Example:

                                          git fetch && git checkout origin/master && msbuild /m

                                          Halt execution when any command returns a non-zero exit value, without making the user set $ErrorActionPreference

                                          Similar item over on windowsserver.uservoice.com has several votes:

                                          https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/301869-powershell/suggestions/11087898-implement-the-and-operators-that-bash-has

                                          8 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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