I can't type some symbols on console

July 3, 2014 5.4k 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!

10 Answers

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

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.

PuTTY is an open-source SSH and Telnet client for Windows. It allows you to securely connect to remote servers from a local Windows computer. This tutorial will cover how to connect to your Droplet from your local Windows computer using PuTTY.

Thanks Kamal! I had no idea of this and I have followed some tutorials doing this from remote console.

Can you explain your situation with typing certain symbols? I had no problem entering the < or ~ symbols on the DO web console.

I have no success with typing the pipe character "|". I can do it using my current keyboard, but the console translates that key to "<" instead. Any ideas?

This is a garbage set of circumstances. I can't type the less-than symbol because you can't correctly configure your servers. Great work Digital Ocean. Waste of my time.

Absolutely need this functionality right now. Doesn't seem to work in either the Firefox or Chromium browser I just tried. Can't do "|" or ">", which makes a lot of things really, really hard to do.

Same here, can't find the pipe symbol.

I'm trying to fix SSH access so console is the only way to access my droplet and I'm completely stuck.

I have the same issue via the console. US keyboard, type Shift+\ prints > instead of |

If I have to use the console because remote login is failing.. this kind of cripples my ability to effectively search / grep / etc. requiring me to send output to intermediate files.

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