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    Phoronix: Windows 10 Will Soon Let You Access WSL Linux Files From Explorer, Other Improvements

    With Windows 10 Version 1903 inching closer as the "April 2019" Update, Microsoft published a blog post on Friday night outlining the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) changes they are making in this next installment of the operating system...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...WSL-1903-Build

  • #2
    Nothing to be worried about, they're still on early "embrace" stage...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by losko View Post
      Nothing to be worried about, they're still on early "embrace" stage...
      Don't worry, we will reach the year of the linux desktop by the "extend" step, so we can safely say this will never happen

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      • #4
        I've never used Windows 10. Would it be a reasonable guess that Explorer didn't support this from the beginning because WSL allows filenames that differ only in their case to coexist?

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        • #5
          allow you to access "Linux files inside of File Explorer"
          ehh... but it has always been accessible, you just had to find them. The easiest way is by launching any WSL instance and then look for 'bash' or 'init' or any other linux process from the task manager and then right click and choose "open file location" and now you just make a shortcut for it.
          what they are adding is instant shortcuts right from explorer.exe instead of having to find it manually.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ssokolow View Post
            I've never used Windows 10. Would it be a reasonable guess that Explorer didn't support this from the beginning because WSL allows filenames that differ only in their case to coexist?
            No. It's because Linux files in WSL have Linux metadata (such as when you explicitly chown/chmod) in NTFS extended attributes. Windows applications usually don't know about these extended attributes, so they get cleared if you open them normally from Windows applications.

            MS actually have started allowing per-directory settings for case sensitivity to make WSL interop better.

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            • #7
              I just find the name confusing, should be called "the Linux subsystem for Windows", because the Linux stack is made part of windows, not vice versa.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cl333r View Post
                I just find the name confusing, should be called "the Linux subsystem for Windows", because the Linux stack is made part of windows, not vice versa.
                I understand why you think that. However, it is Windows based subsystem designed for Linux compatibility.

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                • #9
                  Does Notepad.exe support Mac and UNIX style new lines yet?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cybertraveler View Post
                    Does Notepad.exe support Mac and UNIX style new lines yet?
                    Yup, but you can't create new files with anything but Windows (CRLF).

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