How to type the character > or < in the console?

  • Posted on August 29, 2014
  • kinwolfAsked by kinwolf

Is there any way to write some special character like > or < in the console? I can’T find a way to do it.

To the question: “Why are you using the console, it’s for emergency access only?” Well, bingo, it IS an emergency and I need to access the droplet from work where it’s simply impossible to run putty behind the highly secured proxy. And I need to type a command at the console with the pipe >> but can’t. :-(

Any hint?


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What keyboard layout are you using? It’s possible that there is an issue with the droplet defaulting to a US-EN layout, while you’re using something else. Please try runing:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-data

Well, if you’re editing a file which has this signs in you could use quotes to specify that the whole string is the filename:

nano "index.php <"