Make WSL run services at startup
In WSL, the linux distributions run only after a first linux command is invoked. If you wanna run a linux deamon (a service) you must configure the server in linux and run any command in that linux distribution.
WSL supports launching Windows application executables (such as iTunes) from within the shell. However, as was mentioned in the comments,
lnk files are not supported, since they aren’t executables. They are links to executables.
WSL also is nice enough to (by default) append your Windows path to your Linux path. So for applications that are in the path (e.g.
notepad.exe), you can just launch them directly with the
For apps that aren’t in the path (e.g.
itunes.exe), you’ll need to determine the location of the actual
.exe (executable), and launch it with the full path. This is really the same as for any Linux executable under Linux, or any Windows executable under Windows PowerShell or CMD.
To find the full path to iTunes, just right click on the
lnk file in Explorer and choose “Properties”. The “Target” field will have something like
As mentioned previously, if you were trying to launch this in Windows PowerShell you would still need the full path, so you would run:
To launch that particular path in
bash in WSL, you would use:
If you need help converting the Windows path to the Linux path, there’s a command for that:
wslpath 'C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe'
If you want to open a file with its default program (like
# Open current directory wslview . # Open file wslview my.pdf
For detailed information on Windows/WSL interoperability, see this doc.