The magic is in ~/.profile
do you really want $HOME in path?
it is usual to have $HOME/bin in PATH
this is handled in ~/.profile
# ~/.profile: executed by the command interpreter for login shells.
# This file is not read by bash(1), if ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bash_login
# see /usr/share/doc/bash/examples/startup-files for examples.
# the files are located in the bash-doc package.
# the default umask is set in /etc/profile; for setting the umask
# for ssh logins, install and configure the libpam-umask package.
# if running bash
if [ -n "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then
# include .bashrc if it exists
if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc" ]; then
# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then
simply creating bin in your home dir will trigger it
~/ is short for $HOME
an alternative to source ~/.profile is
note the "."<space>~/.
If you feel you must have $HOME in $PATH, you can add it ( along with any others you would like ) to the end of ~/.profile