Ubuntu – how to reset ~/.profile to default


I have been playing around with the ~/.profile file trying to add something permanently to my $PATH variable and it seems i have done some damage.

I can't log into ubuntu now. When I enter my password the screen goes black for 1 second and then it goes back to the login screen. If I press Ctrl+Alt+F3 I can log in with the command line. My question is how can I edit ~/.profile from the command line so I can log in again ?

Best Answer

You can edit the file using

nano ~/.profile

To get the default ~/.profile back use

cp /etc/skel/.profile ~/.profile

As this will overwrite your modified version you may want to save your version first:

cp ~/.profile ~/.profile.invalid