Error in configuring SQL server in WSL


Windows 10: Version 1709 (OS Build 16299.19)

WSL: Ubuntu 16.04

Following the guide here. I get an error in Step 4 when running sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf setup

➜  x git:(master) ✗ sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf setup
[sudo] password for devlin:
Locale en_GB not supported. Using en_US.
Choose an edition of SQL Server:
  1) Evaluation (free, no production use rights, 180-day limit)
  2) Developer (free, no production use rights)
  3) Express (free)
  4) Web (PAID)
  5) Standard (PAID)
  6) Enterprise (PAID)
  7) Enterprise Core (PAID)
  8) I bought a license through a retail sales channel and have a product key to enter.

Details about editions can be found at

Use of PAID editions of this software requires separate licensing through a
Microsoft Volume Licensing program.
By choosing a PAID edition, you are verifying that you have the appropriate
number of licenses in place to install and run this software.

Enter your edition(1-8): 2
The license terms for this product can be found in
/usr/share/doc/mssql-server or downloaded from:

The privacy statement can be viewed at:

Choose the language for SQL Server:
(1) English
(2) Deutsch
(3) Español
(4) Français
(5) Italiano
(6) 日本語語
(7) 한국어어
(8) Português
(9) Русский
(10) 中文 – 简体体
(11) 中文 (繁体))
Enter Option 1-11: 1
Enter the SQL Server system administrator password:
Confirm the SQL Server system administrator password:
Configuring SQL Server...

This program has encountered a fatal error and cannot continue running.
The following diagnostic information is available:

       Reason: 0x00000003
      Message: fd != -1
   Stacktrace: 00007f15f48346e3 00007f15f41e76ba 00007f15f17e73dd
      Process: 2186 - sqlservr
       Thread: 2187
  Instance Id: 5b1c8da3-1358-48d3-a563-25468ff2ab69
     Crash Id: 577efbb6-5740-4ee5-92f6-0ddc0eea685f
  Build stamp: 1fdc73777d57c7c1942f388381b8f6ac2c50f005e35b808c23f54dfecdf59384
Attempt to launch failed with error 0x0000000C
/opt/mssql/lib/mssql-conf/ line 15:  2185 Aborted                 (core dumped) sudo -EH -u mssql
 /bin/bash -c "$CMDLINE"
Failed to connect to bus: No such file or directory
Attempting to start the Microsoft SQL Server service failed.

Any help would be appreciated.

asked on Stack Overflow Nov 11, 2017 by iamdevlinph • edited Nov 11, 2017 by a_horse_with_no_name

1 Answer


Update 04/2021: Still not supported

From this docs:Install SQL Server and create a database on Ubuntu

At this time, the Windows Subsystem for Linux for Windows 10 is not supported as an installation target.

So your installation is not supported

answered on Stack Overflow Nov 11, 2017 by TheGameiswar • edited Apr 19, 2021 by Adrian

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