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WIndows 10 Bash (WSL) with XShell

Last post: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 9:13 PM by Support, 1 reply

Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:44 AM - Jeremy Hall

WIndows 10 Bash (WSL) with XShell

Windows 10 new command "bash" (C:\Windows\System32\bash.exe) does not work in XShell. I expected this to work seamlessly since XShell 5 can "Run Windows commands", and actually runs a few that I have used without issues. See further background below:

As you may know, the newer Windows 10 update incorporates access to a new developers feature called Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Windows had partnered with Canonical to integrate the bash shell directly, also allowing access to Ubuntu repositories, software etc.

This is a great feature and means we now have access to the power of linux (bash, gnu commands and tools) "natively" inside windows without need for VM or cygwin.

This simple integration provides a commandline only interface to the linux subsystem and can be started via the 'bash' command on the windows commandline, or searching for the bash program.

The issue is I cant seem to start the bash command within the XShell local shell, which I found strange since XShell 5 seemed to support many external windows commanline tools and commands.

Previously, I would have requested cygwin shell front-end integration into XSHell (without having to host ssh server), now all that is required is for XShell to support this external windows commandline tool via its local shell and all will be well!

Please advise if this is possible, or why I might be having issues with it.

Program Ver. : Xshell 5
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 9:13 PM - Support

Re: WIndows 10 Bash (WSL) with XShell

Hey Jeremy,

Unfortunately, Xshell cannot take bash environments in its terminal at this time. However, we do have plans to improve Xshell's local shell in the next version!

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