The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) seems to be mature enough now to give it another shot. Copy and paste, and other simple annoyances that kept me away before are working better. Also, I’ve been reading that nvm (Node Version Manager) works now, so here goes.
As a precursor, note that my system is Windows 10 Professional (version 1709, build 16299.309) and is fully up to date with WSL enabled and Ubuntu installed from the Windows Store.
If it has been a while, first thing I like to do with the Ubuntu app is update and upgrade the ubuntu Linux packages. First update the package database with
apt-get update, then upgrade with
apt-get upgrade or
apt-get dist-upgrade. I prefer
apt-get dist-upgrade since it will remove obsolete packages and add new ones as needed.
Oh My Zsh
Oh My Zsh will spruce up your Ubuntu bash and add some additional functionality. Here is a screenshot of my Ubuntu app to illustrate.
Install Oh My Zsh just as you would on any other ubuntu system. Note that Zsh is a pre-requisite. For installation instructions and more information, visit https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh.
Your going to want to change the font to fix unknown character issues. I’ve installed the DejaVu Sans Mono for Powerline font available here.
If you want to use your existing git and/or other ssh keys, copy them from their folder in Windows into a
.ssh folder under ubuntu. For example,
cd ~/ mkdir .ssh # navigate to Windows .ssh folder, e.g., cd ../mnt/c/Users/Gilfoyle/.ssh # copy the keys into ubuntu .ssh folder cp id_rsa ~/.ssh/ cp id_rsa.pub ~/.ssh/ # set permissions on the private key for github chmod 600 ~/.ssh/id_rsa
nvm is a utility for installing and managing multiple versions of node.js.
Install as an Oh My ZSH! custom plugin by cloning
zsh-nvm into your custom plugins repo.
git clone https://github.com/lukechilds/zsh-nvm ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins/zsh-nvm
Then load as a plugin in your
.zshrc profile. Note that plugins need to be added before
oh-my-zsh.sh is sourced. For example, here is a snippet from my
# Which plugins would you like to load? (plugins can be found in ~/.oh-my-zsh/plugins/*) # Custom plugins may be added to ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins/ # Example format: plugins=(rails git textmate ruby lighthouse) # Add wisely, as too many plugins slow down shell startup. plugins=(git) plugins+=(zsh-nvm) source $ZSH/oh-my-zsh.sh
After updating your
.zshrc profile to load the
nvm plugin, close and re-open the Ubuntu app and to install nvm when the plugin is loaded for the first time.
One the install has completed, you can verify by running
nvm which should output the
nvm --help contents.
Install the latest LTS version of Node.js which at the time of this writing is version 8.11.1
# install node nvm install 8.11.1
Bash-Snippets collection of bash scripts.
apt-get install fortune apt-get install cowsay apt-get install htop
Bind a custom mount for any drives you want to access. For example, the
C drive. This is also required should you want to use Docker volume mount paths as described in this post by Nick Janetakis.
mkdir /c mount --bind /mnt/c /c # unmount umount /mnt/c