Ok so I tried the cat command threw back the error.
So I type cd then the location of the file then cat command.
Didn't give me an error but it didn't make the file shown.
So I did some searching to see if there was a "Show hidden files" button or option somewhere.
Found it of course under view. The .htaccess file was hidden not only to the client but the server user as well.. Sorta of an interesting feature but alight.
(New to Ubuntu)
Thanks for the help guys.