So Microsoft added Ubuntu into Windows which is quite nice (besides the rather mouthful name). Let’s dig a little beneath the surface of things.
What it is not?
- It is not a Desktop. Duh. It says “Bash” after all. It didn’t occur to me until I installed it.
- It doesn’t integrate with Git for Windows or SSH agent in Windows
- It doesn’t mean you can open Linux programs outside of Bash on Ubuntu on Windows.
Where is it located in Windows?
For example, you usually
/etc directory is mapped here:
I tried to manually edit the files here in Windows and it glitched out. Somehow the file disappeared from Bash on Ubuntu.
How do I get to my Windows drives?
It’s mounted in
/mnt. In the case for my
F: drive, it’s mounted here
/mnt/f. You have access to all your drives.
How do I restart Bash on Ubuntu?
You can restart only when you restart your Windows.
Can I open files with Windows applications?
Yes but it doesn’t really sync properly. I wanted a setup where I use Bash on Ubuntu for command line and the Windows file system to do web development. I couldn’t quite get used to this workflow.
Does Bash on Ubuntu support tabs?
Nope, much to my disappointment. I tend to open a lot of terminal tabs and I really miss that. Managing 10 of these terminal sessions with
ALT+Tab isn’t ideal.
Can I install zsh?
Yes! I did that. I’m not sure if it would glitch out.
I like the idea but the moments when I lost files scare me a little. Until my confidence regains I will not be using this with serious work too soon. I’ll definitely be trying this again.