Have read previous answers and they do not solve my problem. I downloaded Brother printer drivers. From file cabinet search found Downloads, Properties show it went to /home/myname/Downloads. Confirmed it did download by terminal command ls Downloads.

Upon terminal command:

myname@myname-computername:~$ cd DownloadsEnter

It returns this line:


I have made sure of spelling, case, spacing, tried cycling through other directories and still get nothing. What exactly am I supposed to type after the :~$?

Brother instructions are:

  • Download the tool (linux-brprinter-installer-*.*.*-*.gz).
  • Go to directory you downloaded the file to in the last step. By using the cd command. e.g. cd Downloads
  • Enter this command to extract the downloaded file:

    gunzip linux-brprinter-installer-*.*.*-*.gz


    gunzip linux-brprinter-installer-2.1.1-1.gz

etc, etc

  • cd means change-directory. It worked as your default directory which was "~" (which is shorthand for /home/$USER or your /home/myname/ as you typed it) was changed to ~/Downloads, ie. your present.working.directory is /home/myname/Downloads (or $HOME/Downloads). cd or change-directory did its job, what did you expect it to do? (cd does the same as windows; microsoft used the xenix (their name for unix pre-msDOS days) command) – guiverc Feb 17 '18 at 1:35
  • Can you post the exact file name you downloaded. – user107425 Feb 17 '18 at 1:51
  1. Open the terminal and change directories using cd to the Downloads directory.

    cd Downloads   

    The command prompt will change after running this command to show the new current working directory (~/Downloads).

  2. List the contents of the Downloads directory to show the name of the Brother printer driver archive that you downloaded.

  3. Extract the contents of the Brother printer driver archive that you downloaded.

    gunzip name-of-brother-driver.gz # replace name-of-brother-driver.gz with the name of the driver archive that you downloaded

    You can copy the name of the Brother printer driver archive that you downloaded from the results of ls in step 2 and paste it into the command in step 3 instead of name-of-brother-driver.gz.

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