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I can't type some symbols on console

Posted July 3, 2014 47.8k views

Hi! First of all, I am newbie into servers configuration.
I am trying to installing wordpress. I have followed the tutorials about creating a droplet, installing LAMP and change domain name server to point to the DigitalOcean name servers and It was going pretty well.

But now I am stuck because I can’t type some characters on the console, so I can’t continue with the tutorials....

How can I type this two symbols? ~ <
And there is a way I can copy paste text on the console?

Thanks in advance!

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  • I’m having this exact same issue. Was a resolution ever found? One that doesn’t involve Alt 1 2 4?

  • Same issue for me! Cannot type pipe | command. My MacBook does not have a numeric keyboard, so the alt ascii entries aren’t working. Previously, I was able to just ssh in from terminal, but that isn’t working. I’ll have to liquidate my droplet and start over. :(

  • Cant type ’|’ and ’<’. Please help!

  • Found this on another site and it seems to work well for me with a US keyboard. I issued the following command to permanently set my keyboard to one that allows the vertical bar.

    localectl set-keymap us-intl

    I have logged out of my console and logged back in and the keymapping is still what I want it to be.

    the command “localectl” on a line by itself should show your VC Keymap as us-intl.

    Good luck all.

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Alt + 1 2 4 should work.

  • That works, thanks - generates a |< but I just delete the < part and can then use the pipe section.
    Pain the ass though as can only use the keypad to generate the numbers…numbers top of keyboard dont do it.

    FYI - Vultr is the same for their console…although thats alot more responsive than DO……wonder if they will fix the console on DO to be repsonsive?

  • ATA BOY/GIRL/whatever!“ for petbadgerand MattressWX, but you must use the keypad, and we are talking about a standard US MICROSOFT 104 key keyboard see Wikipdia for an image.

I have the same issue on a macbook 2018 with US keybaord. Shift + \ generates >, very frustrating and severely impacting my workflow. When will this be fixed?

for typing < use shift + control + < on keyboard mac.

I’ll join the chorus of “can’t type the | symbol”. Using putty or ssh is fine, but I’ve secured my droplet with ssh keys. Occasionally I need to be able to access them to fix something from a location where I don’t have those keys handy, and so the web console is my only option. I’m a bit hamstrung without the ability to type a pipe symbol.

I have the same issue with the pipe symbol | becomes >. I am trying to set up ssh on port 443 so I can use ssh because of blocked ports where I am at. So I have to use the web terminal until I get that fixed

Same issue here. Cannot use | and < on my macbook. Would like to see a fix soon as well.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to copy or paste text using the remote console. It’s recommended to use the remote console only if you absolutely need it. Otherwise, you should use SSH to log into your droplet: How To Log Into Your Droplet with PuTTY (for windows users). Using an SSH client should allow you to type the characters you weren’t able to type using the remote console.

I was having the same problem and I solve it by pressing ‘Esc’ two twice and '060’ ascii code. I am working in mac and connecting to ubuntu server through digital oceans console and also using nano as text editor.

Same issue. No ’|’ and ’<’

Same here.. please fix asap..

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