Adding a Directory to a Path

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http://askubuntu.com – I am new to Ubuntu (coming from Windows 7) and I am trying to add a directory to my system path and for some reason I can't get it to work. I am using Ubuntu version 12.04 LTS I tried following this article without success How to add a directory to my path? Here are my steps: In my home directory I am editing the .profile file. Under the “# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists” section I added the following: if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH:home/vincent/google_appengine" fi I logout and log back in. open the terminal window and type (HowTos)