I am using Ubuntu in Win10, but I can not find the trash folder, even when I use the command

mv ~/.Trash/foo ~/
mv: cannot stat '/home/man/.Trash/foo': No such file or directory

My question is that how can I open trash folder in Ubuntu/Win10?


WSL provides a Linux-compatible kernel interface developed by Microsoft (containing no Linux kernel code), which can then run a GNU user space on top of it. Such a user space might contain a Bash shell and command language, with native GNU/Linux command-line tools (sed, awk, etc.), programming language interpreters (Ruby, Python, etc.).

Trash is located in ~/.local/share/Trash at least in Ubuntu. ~/.local – or more precisely, ~/.local/share – is where XDG-compliant programs store user data (e.g., fonts, mail messages) according to the XDG Base Directory specification.

Since Ubuntu as a WSL isn't what you expect from Ubuntu OS. WSL only provides you bash(or terminal) and no GUI. So there is no point of having a .local folder.

Also, whenever file is deleted from file manager like Nautilus, Thunar, they are actually moved into ~/.local/share/Trash. Files are usually deleted using rm from Terminal and doesn't moves that to Trash folder.

So there is no trash folder in WSL.

  • okay, very nice, thanks a lot for your help! – ABCDEMMM Oct 24 '18 at 15:07
  • It is a falsehood that graphical user interfaces do not exist in the WSFL. askubuntu.com/questions/808474 It is a falsehood that .local is tied to graphical user interfaces. – JdeBP Oct 25 '18 at 10:57

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