How to run Linux commands when starting Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10

How to run Linux commands when starting Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10

Microsoft has just added a new feature for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 10. Specifically, WSL users on the latest beta version of Windows can set up Linux commands to automatically run when WSL starts. .

WSL is a compatibility layer designed by Microsoft to help Windows 10 run Linux binaries in native ELF format on Windows computers. In other words, users can run Linux commands right on Windows 10 without having to parallel install and switch between Linux and Windows.

How to run Linux commands when starting Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10

Condition:

  • Update the latest Windows 10 beta, Build 21286
  • Install WSL

Doing:

  • Edit the /etc/wsl.conf file and add an option titled command below the section titled boot
  • After being added to the /etc/wsl.conf file, Linux commands will automatically run when the WSL distributions are started.
  • WSL distributions will still run for a few minutes even after the Linux process inside them is closed
  • You can check the distributions that are running using the wsl --list --verbose command and manually turn off all WSL distributions with the wsl --shutdown command.
Example running command when starting WSL

If the testing goes well, this feature will soon be released by Microsoft in Windows 10 official release. Expected in 2021, Microsoft will have many updates and upgrades worthwhile for Windows 10 in terms of both interface and features.

Wish you all success and invite you to read more great Windows 10 WSL tips on makeover:

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