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Can I create a symlink to a Windows executable in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) PATH?
September 4, 2019
Edited: September 4, 2019
November 24, 2022
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You need to prefix the executable with its path. Alternatively you can modify the Linux
PATH environment variable and append the Windows path (prefixed with
From: Windows Subsystem for Linux interoperability with Windows
Invoking Windows binaries from WSL
The Windows Subsystem for Linux can invoke Windows binaries directly
from the WSL command line. Applications run this way have the
- Retain the working directory as the WSL command prompt except in the scenario explained below.
- Have the same permission rights as the bash.exe process.
- Run as the active Windows user.
- Appear in the Windows Task Manager as if directly executed from the CMD prompt.
In WSL, these executables are handled similar to native Linux
executables. This means adding directories to the Linux path and
piping between commands works as expected. Examples:
$ export PATH=$PATH:/mnt/c/Windows/System32 $ notepad.exe $ ipconfig.exe | grep IPv4 | cut -d: -f2 $ ls -la | findstr.exe foo.txt $ cmd.exe /c dir
The Windows binary must include the file extension, match the file
case, and be executable. Non-executables including batch scripts and
dircan be run with
$ /mnt/c/Windows/System32/cmd.exe /C dir $ /mnt/c/Windows/System32/PING.EXE www.microsoft.com
Parameters are passed to the Windows binary unmodified.
Even in Linux symbolic links contain the path. Take for example this command:
$ ls -la /bin | grep ^l (...SNIP...) lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Jun 27 09:49 systemd -> /lib/systemd
systemd is linked to
/lib/systemd/systemd. So your symbolic link of:
sudo ln -s -t java.exe java
I imagine (because I’m not a link expert) would need to look something like:
sudo ln -s -t /mnt/c/Windows/Path/To/java.exe java ## ``` ## Use `alias` instead of symbolic link Rather than a symbolic link I would create an alias in my `~/.bashrc` file thusly:
alias java=’/mnt/c/WindowsPathTo/java.exe’ ```
Then whenever you type
java the mumbo-jumbo is typed on your behalf. Any parameters passed are honoured.