First question here - please do let me know if I'm missing any necessary details / any structures and protocols that I may not be adhering to.

I've downloaded Ubuntu (version 18.04) on my Windows 10 Pro laptop, however, I can't quite figure out where my Downloads folder is. I'm attempting to install cuDNN, which effectively requires that I download files and then install them via my Ubuntu terminal.

From what I've seen in other answers / posts online, I should be able to execute the command cd ~/Downloads to get there, but this generates the message "No such file or directory".

Hopefully the attached screenshots are helpful - do let me know if there's any additional screenshots that would help.

Ubuntu Terminal screenshot

EDITS: Additional screenshot showing the contents of the etc/skel folder as requested

Ubutntu terminal screenshot of etc/skel folder

Additional screenshot showing the command file /home/hasan/Downloads

Ubuntu terminal screenshot of file /home/hasan/Downloads

Ubuntu terminal screenshot of file /home/hasan/Downloads (re-opened terminal)

  • Did you actually install Ubuntu or are you running it as a live image? – Nasir Riley Jun 14 '19 at 23:32
  • Hi Nasir - what's the best method of checking this? I installed it by downloading the Ubuntu app via the Microsoft store, and enabling "Windows Subsystem for Linux" within the Windows Settings – Hasan Jun 14 '19 at 23:41
  • What is in the /etc/skel directory? – Nasir Riley Jun 15 '19 at 0:02
  • I've edited the post with a screenshot of the etc/skel contents - hope this helps – Hasan Jun 15 '19 at 10:35


Start with the last line in the above screenshot, and after the $ terminal prompt type cd Downloads. According to the screenshot your current directory is the home directory of the user that you are logged in with, so the command ls should show the Downloads directory and cd Downloads should change directories to it.

You can make a Downloads directory if none exists with this command:

mkdir Downloads 

or even:

mkdir Documents Downloads Music Pictures Videos
  • Hi Karel - thanks for your reponse. As shown in the screenshot in the question, there's no folder called "Downloads" in /home/hasan/ – Hasan Jun 15 '19 at 12:35
  • Hi Karel - post updated with a screenshot showing the command. I've run this both with and without sudo su in case this was causing issues - looks to be the same output either way – Hasan Jun 15 '19 at 12:53
  • I'm most likely misinterpreting your comment - but I think what you're referring to is the second half of my screenshot (after I'd typed the "exit" command). However, for completeness, I've closed the terminal, re-opened and executed the command again and appended an additional screenshot. Let me know if this helps – Hasan Jun 15 '19 at 13:19
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    @Hasan Did you actually mkdir Downloads in your /home/hasan folder to create the Downloads directory inside. – Nasir Riley Jun 15 '19 at 14:01

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