You should type "echo $PATH". Just typing $PATH tries to execute it.
I just put my profile stuff in /etc/profile. Can't remember if the bash shell uses it.
This leads me to think you've mis-typed something in rc.sysinit:How do you know ifconfig is not running - there's no error in your output. Do you see it running if you type "ps aux"?/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: /dev/tty/S2: Not a directory