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  1. Add support for 32-bit ELF executables

    A lot of tools written for Linux can be downloaded as 64-bit, but there are still a few that only 32-bit downloads are available for. I've tried using virtual machines, but that tends to not be feasibly in some projects.

    54 votes
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      3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Backup/Restore/Share/Snapshot a WSL installation

      Backup / Restore / Snapshot a WSL installation.

      For development puproses it would be very nice to ba able to backup a WSL installtion and to resore it on the same or another(!) PC.

      Provide a means of 'going back' (like a VMware snapshot) when a WSL installation became unstable, bloated, corrupt.

      BTW is there a way to have more than one Ubuntu installations at the same time?

      Best regards.

      34 votes
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      • Add libusb support to WSL

        Since previous one(https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/16759696-add-usb-device-support) was marked "complete", this one more clearly states support for libusb as in any usb device raw, rather than just storage mounting and serial pass-through.
        My example need is Yubikey gpg-card.

        419 votes
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          43 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb

          Both Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb fail on WSL as of build 18204. This is due to an issue with mmap described at https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/658 and https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/902

          Please fix the mmap issue so that lmdb and Oracle Berkeley DB, and projects relying on them, work in WSL.

          3 votes
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            2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add libgl support to WSL

            There are many development tools unable to be ported to Windows due to their proprietary nature and others that though not proprietary have no interest in porting to Windows. For me specifically, it's being able to utilize dev tools such as VSCode, Sublime Text, Draft, Javalin, Bootsnap, OSQuery, and/or FSQL without downloading a third party X server that only does partial implementation. Libgl is specifically required to get GUI apps to run and doesn't currently exist. Please implement libgl and create an API for driver makers to use to enable use of these and other GUI dev tools.

            79 votes
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            • Recursive file case sensitivity?

              Can we get folder recursive case sensitivity? You've very recently added it with:
              fsutil.exe file SetCaseSensitiveInfo C:\folder\path enable
              what do we have to do to get full directory case sensitivity?

              It's really confusing as to why this isn't implemented yet when NTFS has supported it forever and windows 10 has no more kernel excuse...

              Is something like this necessary?

              [string] $PathRoot = 'folder here'

              [bool] $EnableCaseSensitivity = $true

              @(Get-ChildItem -Path $PathRoot -Recurse -Directory | Select-Object -ExpandProperty 'FullName') | ForEach-Object {
              cmd /c ('fsutil.exe file SetCaseSensitiveInfo "{0}" {1}' -f ($_,$(if($EnableCaseSensitivity){'enable'}else{'disable'})))
              }

              11 votes
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              • WSL: Add Hardwaresupport for Video capture devices

                Hello,
                I want to use process my webcam stream via OpenCV. Apparently there is no support for webcams yet, as /dev/ is pretty empty.

                ´--- Opening /dev/video0...
                stat: No such file or directory
                ´

                23 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • To be able to open tabs would be great.

                  I am stuck using a MAC at work because the terminal is far superior. with Linux/MAC I can open multiple tabs in the terminal, with windows WSL I have to open a bunch of windows. Sometimes I will has 7 or 8 tabs open at once... Adding tabs to the command terminal would be an excellent upgrade. I work with a bunch of DevOps and TechOps people and the vast majority would rather be using windows, but because of the lack of features with the command box they are stuck using MAC's

                  44 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add framebuffer support (/dev/fb0)

                    First of all, WSL is great! Thanks for this amazing feature!

                    Now, please support frame-buffer device implementation, we develop many C/C++ apps that draws its graphs directly by open fb like this:

                    int open_framebuffer(void)
                    {
                    const char *fbname;
                    int ret;

                    fbname = getenv("FB");
                    if (fbname == 0)
                    fbname = "/dev/fb0";

                    ret = open(fbname, O_RDWR);
                    if (ret == -1)
                    ret = open("/dev/fb/0", O_RDWR);

                    return ret;
                    }

                    WSL has no framebuffer device yet, so please bring us a complete fb0 device!

                    6 votes
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                    • Allow WSL root folder location to be in a separate EXT4 partition recognized by windows

                      The idea is basically allowing the user to actually play with the files in a GUI environment with all the added perks of an explorer window.

                      42 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • QuickEdit select should automatically copy

                        After using Linux for 30 years, some habits are very hard to change.
                        One of the things that are in muscle-memory is
                        - select text with mouse
                        - change to other window
                        - middle-button to paste

                        Middle-button or Right-button is one thing, but I always forget to right-click to copy after selecting so I end up pasting something quite unintended .....

                        Can we please have auto-copy-on-select when using QuickEdit? It's even quicker that way :-)

                        Regards,
                        Bent

                        3 votes
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                        • Add suppor to Bluetooth on WSL

                          Exposing bluetooth to the WSL is necessary to develop IoT without having ot fire up a Viertual Machine.

                          35 votes
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                          • Copied selection should include newlines instead of spaces

                            When copying multiple lines, WSL doesn't detect newlines, and simply includes ~hundred spaces depending on the line length.

                            Example: if I copy the output of `echo -e "hi\nhi\nhi"`, WSL will actually capture "hi hi hi" instead of "hi
                            hi
                            hi"

                            1 vote
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                            • vsyscall problem

                              I'm not sure if the problem with emulating vsyscall as described in https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1462 is now considered to be a feature of WSL. It seems it has been marked as such. The upshot is that many scientific Linux programs we use at work cannot run on WSL. Does anybody know what the status of this issue is or if it will be addressed?

                              1 vote
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                              • Support iptables

                                Originally posted on Github around a year ago: https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/767

                                Not sure how feasible this is to implement, but I've found myself in a couple of situations where it would've come in quite useful.

                                143 votes
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                                • Easier way to reinstall WSL distros

                                  Request: An easier way reinstall distros.
                                  it was previously possible to do it with lxrun, but now with wslconfig it is more manual

                                  When experimenting I break my installs a lot and want to get back to a clean start.
                                  Previously i could run
                                  lxrun /uninstall /full /y ; lxrun /install
                                  Which would blow it away, and then put it back on.

                                  But now according to the docs at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/wsl-config
                                  You now run
                                  wslconfig /unregister <DistributionName>
                                  and then need to go back into the windows store and manually install it again.
                                  An automated way to do it like we could…

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Upgrading WSL to the new Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and some comments & suggestions.

                                    I've been using WSL on Windows 10 laptop for well over a year now, and have been relying on it so much for local development of my Linux work, that it's been months since I last booted into the Linux partition.

                                    I know that if I'm doing any low-level work, I may have issues, but so far, my experience has been great. Whatever I write on WSL, as long as it passes my gtest unit test cases, I can be sure that it will also work on other Linuxen.

                                    I've been using apt to install new packages, and Xenial Xerus…

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Two accounts, one box --

                                      I have administrator and personal accounts on my laptop. I installed ubuntu18.04 on the administrator account. There does not seem to be any way for the personal account to access the administrators ubuntu. (1) is it possible; (2) if not, can it be made so; (3) if it cannot, this would probably be a good idea (multiple account access to a single installation). If you think about it, this is the way "real" linux installations are.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Add support for FAT "Function not implemented"

                                        Add support for FAT drives mounted in windows to be accessible under WSL.

                                        Currently, you receive "Function not implemented"

                                        This would allow Google Drive to be accessible under WSL.

                                        1 vote
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                                        • Open bash in current folder from context menu

                                          I would love a right-click option in a folder to open the current folder in a WSL distro. right click to open in the folder C:\Users\account would open a terminal in /mnt/C/Users/account

                                          124 votes
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