On the new Bash on Ubuntu on Windows app on Windows 10, I tried to run ls from the starting directory to see the subdirectories but nothing comes up. I don't really know the directory structure so I'm not sure how to proceed next. What am I doing wrong here? I'm sure this is totally noob of me but I'm not sure what else to do.

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    ls / will list all root directories
    – Prometheus
    Apr 7 '19 at 14:06

it probably just means the folder is empty (or only contain hidden files). you can try ls -a (or ll) to see hidden files (including . and ..) and see that it works.

you can also try to create files and folders then rerun the command to see your created files and folders.

  • You're right. There are just hidden folders. How do I access all of my Windows folders from Bash on Ubuntu on Windows, then? Apr 16 '16 at 17:22
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    Your C drive is at /mnt/c/
    – Eran
    Apr 16 '16 at 17:43
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    cd ~ usually takes me to my user directory. In bash on windows this takes me to a directory empty except for things like .bashrc. It seems like there are some gotchas or caveats with mapping things. Aug 24 '16 at 18:39
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    It still takes you to your "home directory" on Windows' Bash, it's just that your home dir starts empty and it's disconnected from your Windows drive. Consider that it's like having a Linux machine with the Windows drive mounted as a secondary or network drive. But if you install Ubuntu stuff that go the "home dir" that will be where cd ~ takes you
    – Eran
    Aug 25 '16 at 3:48
  • if you want to list all directories in root. simply type ls /
    – Prometheus
    Apr 7 '19 at 14:06

When you see your Linux command prompt, type:

cd /mnt/c/Users/username

Where c means C: drive and username is your Windows username. Then, when you type ls, you will see folders like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, etc.

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