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The latest build of Windows 10 allows WSL distributions to run Linux commands on startup

Users participating in the Windows Insider program (that is, those with access to Windows 10 test builds) now have a powerful new functionality at their disposal: run Linux commands during startup of any of the WSL distributions.

Advanced users, as well as anyone with an interest in 'tinkering' with their operating system, will no doubt welcome this option that extends the utility of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

This functionality debuts with Windows 10 build 21286

Brandon LeBlanc, head of the Windows Insider program, explains it in an article posted on his blog:

"We have added an option that allows you to run any specified Linux command when starting a WSL distribution. To do this, edit the file /etc/wsl.conf in your distribution and add an option titled 'command' in a section titled 'boot'".

"This command will run whenever the specific WSL distribution is started. The following example shows the use of this functionality to create a method to record the time and date for each start of this WSL distribution."

Wsl Terminal

As stated by LeBlanc, any command indicated in the aforementioned 'boot' section will be executed when the WSL distribution starts, which will remain running for a few minutes after the last Linux process is closed.

Thus, users who want to enjoy this functionality must ensure that have Windows 10 Build 21286 installed, whose ISO you can access here if you have the corresponding Windows Insider account.