Are there any downfalls to using WSL to delete files (e.g. rm someFile) on the regular Windows file system (mnt/c)? Likewise, is there a downfall to using Windows to delete (for example by 'right click + delete') files generated by a WSL script (for example make) in mnt/c?

I am curious because from what I understand, Linux uses a different file system (ext4) than Windows (NTFS). Do they both handle a 'delete' the same way? What does WSL use when working in mnt/c?

I have been assuming that either approach deletes the file properly (i.e. frees up space in disk appropriately).

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because WSL is not Unix/Linux. Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 1:08
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    @IporSircer ... but there's already a tag on this site (windows-subsystem-for-linux) precisely for this kind of question... o.0?
    – Jet Blue
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 3:11
  • Either approach deletes the file properly.
    – simlev
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 15:14

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No downfalls; WSL is an API in NT for GNU etc, not Linux; so Linux file systems are not supported.

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