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    Question Understanding file location on Windows

    I have been mucking around with SUSE server 12 (WSL) and can't seem to comprehend one thing, why is it I can not see the /home/usrname/ location when I traverse my Windows folders, however if I type in Bash
    whereis /home/usrname
    I can see the files listed. I guess it's a little hard for me to fathom the concept of folder that is there but not. If someone is able to explain what's happening and whether or not gaining access to the file structure is only limited to an instance of Bash?

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    Re: Understanding file location on Windows


    First of all, please let me give you the cautions:

    There are two rules of thumb that you need to know:

    1. Using WSL (any flavor/distro/etc.) to manage files, etc. on the Windows Filesystem (i.e. not in WSL/Linux, or outside of WSL "/" ) is playing with fire.
    2. Using Windows to manage files, etc. on WSL/Linux (i.e. not in Windows or within WSL "/") is playing with fire.

    Also: Here is the official MS documentation about WSL, Windows, and Filesystems:

    But being as I love Linux, and that I believe responsible people can do whatever they want with their computer, here's how to find the WSL root from Windows:

    1. Open a Windows Command Prompt as Administrator.
    2. Enter the following command:
    CD   %LocalAppData%\Packages
    3. Enter the following command:
    ...and by looking at the directory listing, you will be able to find the root directory of every WSL instance on your machine.

    For example, on the Windows development environment that I use to test new WSL builds, here is what I see when I execute steps 2 and 3 in an Administrator Command Prompt:

     Volume in drive C has no label.
     Volume Serial Number is B621-8661
     Directory of C:\Users\NotLinusTorvalds\AppData\Local\Packages
    2019-05-09  00:28    <DIR>          .
    2019-05-09  00:28    <DIR>          ..
    2018-12-10  21:44    <DIR>          1527c705-839a-4832-9118-54d4Bd6a0c89_cw5n1h2txyewy
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          46932SUSE.openSUSELeap15.0base_czpttgay3krvc
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          46932SUSE.openSUSELeap15_022rs5jcyhyac
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          46932SUSE.SUSELinuxEnterpriseServer15_022rs5jcyhyac
    2018-12-10  21:39    <DIR>          ActiveSync
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          DolbyLaboratories.DolbyAccess_rz1tebttyb220
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          E2A4F912-2574-4A75-9BB0-0D023378592B_cw5n1h2txyewy
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          F46D4000-FD22-4DB4-AC8E-4E1DDDE828FE_cw5n1h2txyewy
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          InputApp_cw5n1h2txyewy
    2019-02-28  15:55    <DIR>          KaliLinux.54290C8133FEE_ey8k8hqnwqnmg
    2018-12-10  21:45    <DIR>          Microsoft.AAD.BrokerPlugin_cw5n1h2txyewy
    ...and when I CD into 46932SUSE.openSUSELeap15.0base_czpttgay3krvc\Local State\rootfs, is what I see:

     Volume in drive C has no label.
     Volume Serial Number is B621-8661
     Directory of C:\Users\NotLinusTorvalds\AppData\Local\Packages\46932SUSE.openSUSELeap15.0base_czpttgay3krvc\LocalState\rootfs
    2019-04-08  17:19    <DIR>          .
    2019-04-08  17:19    <DIR>          ..
    2019-04-08  17:19    <DIR>          bin
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          boot
    2019-04-08  17:19    <DIR>          dev
    2019-04-08  17:27    <DIR>          etc
    2019-04-08  17:25    <DIR>          home
    2019-04-08  17:57           112,600 init
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          lib
    2019-04-08  17:27    <DIR>          lib64
    2019-04-08  17:19    <DIR>          mnt
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          opt
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          proc
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          root
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          run
    2019-04-08  17:27    <DIR>          sbin
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          selinux
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          srv
    2019-04-08  17:16    <DIR>          sys
    2019-04-08  17:27    <DIR>          tmp
    2019-04-08  17:19    <DIR>          usr
    2019-04-08  17:19    <DIR>          var
                   1 File(s)        112,600 bytes
                  21 Dir(s)  16,776,671,232 bytes free
    I hope that helps :-)

    ....and just because you (or someone else reading this in the future) might ask, "...But how do I find C:\ from WSL?":

    From WSL:
     cd /mnt/c
    (because Linux is easy like that)



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