I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 17.10 and installed Emacs25 from the Software Centre. I tried to add MELPA to the .emacs file, but running
emacs .emacs created a new file. I have not been able to find the config file I am looking for under any other file name. How can I access this file?
After making a customization within an emacs window, the .emacs file showed up and I was able to add MELPA to it. Not sure why this happened still though.