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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0007916Kali LinuxKali Package Bugpublic2023-05-31 14:57
ReporterPwn94 Assigned To 
Status closedResolutionopen 
Product Version2022.3 
Summary0007916: Kali WSL kex --sl does not seem to work on windows 11

Running the command "kex --sl" on updated kali WSL result in the following error:
" Waited 100 seconds for desktop, giving up".
Additionally, the expected behavior - seamless mode, does not occur.

Steps To Reproduce

Open kali WSL
Ensure kali is updated & upgraded.
Install kex according to the documentation:
run: "kex --sl".

Things I tried to resolve the issue (with no luck):

  • Removing and reinstalling the package.
  • Deleting /tmp/ files.
Additional Information

Edition Windows 11 Home
Version 21H2
OS build 22000.856
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz 2.21 GHz
Installed RAM 16.0 GB (15.9 GB usable)
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor

VcXsrv logs:

Welcome to the VcXsrv X Server
Vendor: The VcXsrv Project

OS: Windows NT 6.2 build 9200 (64-bit)
Contact: [email protected]

LoadPreferences: C:\Users\danie\AppData\Roaming.XWinrc not found
LoadPreferences: Loading \wsl.localhost\kali-linux\usr\lib\win-kex\VcXsrv\system.XWinrc
(II) AIGLX: Testing pixelFormatIndex 1
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_SGI_make_current_read
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_SGI_swap_control
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_MESA_swap_control
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_SGIX_pbuffer
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_ARB_multisample
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_SGIS_multisample
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_ARB_fbconfig_float
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_EXT_fbconfig_packed_float
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_ARB_create_context
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_ARB_create_context_profile
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_ARB_create_context_robustness
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_EXT_create_context_es2_profile
(II) GLX: enabled GLX_ARB_framebuffer_sRGB
(II) AIGLX: enabled GLX_MESA_copy_sub_buffer
(II) 103 pixel formats reported by wglGetPixelFormatAttribivARB
(II) GLX: Initialized Win32 native WGL GL provider for screen 0
winClipboardThreadProc - DISPLAY=
winClipboardProc - xcb_connect () returned and successfully opened the display.
Using Composite redirection
winMultiWindowWMProc - Error code: 8 (Match), ID: 0x00180000, Major opcode: 12 (ConfigureWindow), Minor opcode: 0 ((null))

Attached Files
wsl_sl_not_working.png (19,158 bytes)   
wsl_sl_not_working.png (19,158 bytes)   




2022-09-27 10:35

administrator   ~0016836

With the recent update to WSL, which now has systemd support, it has broken a few thing.



2023-05-31 14:57

administrator   ~0018111

This report has been filed against an old version of Kali. We will be closing this ticket due to inactivity.

Please could you see if you are able to replicate this issue with the latest version of Kali Linux (

If you are still facing the same problem, feel free to re-open the ticket. If you choose to do this, could you provide more information to the issue you are facing, and also give information about your setup?
For more information, please read:

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2022-09-08 21:18 Pwn94 New Issue
2022-09-08 21:18 Pwn94 File Added: wsl_sl_not_working.png
2022-09-27 10:35 g0tmi1k Note Added: 0016836
2023-05-31 14:57 g0tmi1k Note Added: 0018111
2023-05-31 14:57 g0tmi1k Status new => closed