Haskell on Bash/WSL

Haskell on Linux on Windows
Haskell on Linux on Windows

I’ve recently received a couple of questions asking when Haskell support would be added to WSL, and was surprised since I thought Bash/WSL users were aware of the fact that Haskell has been working for the last few weeks, ever since #14986 in fact, but it appears that we’d not explicitly communicated the fact, so ……

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Use Visual C++ for Linux to build and debug C++ code on the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Visual Studio 2017 Install Options
Visual Studio 2017 Install Options

I first learned about Visual C++ for Linux, which was released in March 2016, shortly before the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was first announced. I was immediately blown away by how VERY cool this feature of Visual Studio is! What’s insanely cool about this feature is that when the project is built, VS opens an…

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Bash in Windows Insider build 15002 – many fixes but a couple of bugs!

[Update 2017-02-07] Note that both of the two issues noted below have been fixed in more recent Insider builds Windows Insider build #15002 started shipping to Windows Insider Fast Ring users today, January 9th 2017. As is often the case in software development, after many teams have been beavering-away on their features for several months, things really start…

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Rumors of Cmd’s death have been greatly exaggerated

cmd
cmd

This post is in response to a story published on December 6th 2016 by ComputerWorld titled “Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt” and its follow-up article “Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all“. These “stories” were subsequently picked up by Business Insider and Life Hacker among others and fueled a number of concerned Tweets some…

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Do not change Linux files using Windows apps and tools

Do not create/modify Linux files from Windows apps/tools
Do not create/modify Linux files from Windows apps/tools

I have to provide this guidance at least 2-3 times a day so instead I am publishing it here so everyone can find / link-to this guidance. There is one hard-and-fast rule when it comes to Bash on Windows: DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, create and/or modify Linux files using Windows apps, tools, scripts, consoles,…

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More easily invoke Windows apps and tools from Bash on Windows

2016-11-10-4
2016-11-10-4

Along with support for ifconfig & network connection enumeration, Windows 10 Insider Build 14965 delivers a small but important change was made which will enable you more easily invoke Windows tools & applications from within Bash: Your Windows user environment path is now appended to the WSL path by default. This means you can now type…

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ifconfig and network connection enumeration support in Windows 10 Insider build 14965

ifconfig
ifconfig

Enable network connection enumeration is currently the most-requested idea in our command-line User Voice. Or at least it was, until Windows 10 Insider build #14965 was released, which support for network connection enumeration: via the command-line using the ifconfig command via the /proc/net/dev virtual device via the Netlink socket’s NETLINK_ROUTE protocol’s RTM_GETLINK and RTM_GETADDR API Below is a…

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WSL adds Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial support

Running lsb_release
Running lsb_release

Not only does Windows 10 Insider build #14951 introduce Bash <–> Windows interop, it also delivers support for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial). While many of our more intrepid early-adopters have manually upgraded their Ubuntu 14.04 instances to Ubuntu 16.04, as of Windows 10 Insider build #14951, if you clean-install a new Linux instance or uninstall and…

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Interop between Windows and Bash

notepad
notepad

Note: Also be sure to read the follow-up to this post that covers a subsequent improvement in that you no longer have to specify the absolute path to Windows executables if they exist on your path! Content below updated to reflect this change! Windows 10 Insider build #14951 has just landed and includes a very exciting new…

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WSL adds inotify & filesystem change notification support

inotify example
inotify example

Over the last few weeks, the Windows Subsystem for Linux team have been cranking away, fixing lots of issues, completing several scenarios that we were unable to complete before shipping Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and adding support for new capabilities that light-up additional tools and scenarios. A key capability that many developer have been waiting…

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