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I've been trying to install Android developer tools on Eclipse, and I followed the information in this video.

Like the video said, I added the following two lines of code to the .bashrc file:

export PATH=$(PATH):-/android-sdk/tools/
export PATH=$(PATH):-/android-sdk/platform-tools/

It seems, however, that this did not help me to install the Android files on Eclipse, as I am still having problems with that. What's more, it seems that I can't make any command in the terminal without getting a major error now! Every time I try to make a command in the terminal I get the following message:

The command could not be located because '/usr/bin' is not included in the PATH environment variable.

Is there away to restore .bashrc to its default?

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possible duplicate of How to restore .bashrc – Eliah Kagan Sep 18 '14 at 0:07
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Type the following in your terminal,

/bin/cp /etc/skel/.bashrc ~/

It will replace your corrupt ~/.bashrc with a fresh one. After that you need to source the ~/.bashrc so that the change take place immediately, write in terminal,

source ~/.bashrc

or if that does not work you can close the terminal and open it again.

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Thank you for the response! For some reason I am still getting the error message – sarahrahrah Jan 12 '14 at 20:04
what is the exact error message? – souravc Jan 13 '14 at 2:08
Command 'cp' is available in '/bin/cp' The command could not be located because '/bin' is not included in the PATH environment variable. cp: command not found – sarahrahrah Jan 13 '14 at 13:23
what is the output of echo $PATH? – souravc Jan 13 '14 at 13:26
Note, this is essentially an overkill solution and will remove any other modification that you have done to the file. – Braiam May 9 '14 at 0:39

If you can't get a working shell

Via the file browser

  • Open the file browser, go to the home directory, press CtrlH so that hidden files are shown. Edit .bashrc as needed.
  • Open the file browser, go to /etc/skel, press CtrlH so that hidden files are shown. Copy .bashrc to your home folder to restore it to the default.

Via the run menu

  • Press AltF2, type gedit .bashrc, press Enter. Edit as needed.
  • Press AltF2, use the command /bin/cp /etc/skel/.bashrc ~/ as given in souravc's answer to restore it to the default.

Via the terminal

  • Open the terminal, and ignore that you don't have a shell. Go to EditPreferencesProfiles:

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  • Either create a new profile, or edit the current profile, to change the command:

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    Use either /bin/bash --norc or /bin/bash --rcfile=/etc/skel/.bashrc.

  • Start a new tab (with the custom profile, if you created one). Use the working shell as needed.
  • Delete the custom profile, or uncheck the custom command option if you edited the default profile, once you're done.
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Via the TTY

You can enter the TTY by pressing ctrl+alt+f1 where you have to login with your user-name and your password. ctrl+alt+f7 will bring you back to your GUI later.

Now copy the existing raw .bashrc from /etc/skel to your home directory by

cp /etc/skel/.bashrc ~/

Maybe even bring the rest over if you're not sure if your .profile was changed too.

cp /etc/skel/.profile ~/

Now to get the .bashrc to have immediate effect you might want to source it with:

source ~/.bashrc

If you did replace your .profile as well you need to reboot to make it take effect.

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