I can't type |. I have tried to press and hold Ctrl and Shift and then press and release U and then type 007c but nothing happens.

I do not know if I make the wrong sequence of pressing and holding. I get crazy! I am trying to enter the command:

sed -i -re 's/([a-z]{2}\.)?archive.ubuntu.com|security.ubuntu.com/old-releases.ubuntu.com/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

This is for my pinball 2000 running on Lubuntu/pinbox.

I selected Sweden and Swedish keyboard in the installation.

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    Copy and paste from another site? e.g. linfo.org/vertical_bar_character.html
    – user4815
    Sep 30 '17 at 20:36
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    Which language / keyboard are you using? The key / key combination for the pipe character depends strongly on the language / keyboard.
    – sudodus
    Sep 30 '17 at 20:36
  • I selected Sweden and Swedish keyboard in the installation. I can try to reinstall with all american settings!?
    – Anders
    Sep 30 '17 at 21:05
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    In some fonts the pipe character looks like two vertical bars with a small space between. (I guess that is what you mean. I think in most fonts it is one solid vertical bar, but I have seen it as two vertical bars with a small space between, and that is what it looks like on the key of some keyboards.)
    – sudodus
    Oct 1 '17 at 8:28
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    By the way, pasting in a terminal works with either Ctrl+Shift+V or by selecting the text to paste and pressing the middle mouse button where it should be pasted. Especially the last one is great for fast copying oneliners like yours.
    – dessert
    Oct 3 '17 at 18:01

Key combination to type the pipe character in a Swedish keyboard

Press the Alt Gr key and and after that the key between z and shift to get | in a Swedish keyboard. (This key has < (default), > (with shift) and | (with Alt Gr) in a Swedish keyboard.)

I think in most fonts the pipe character is one solid vertical bar, but I have seen it as two vertical bars with a small space between, and that is what it looks like on the key of some keyboards, like the picture in this link.

onboard helps explore keys and key combinations

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You can install onboard and use it to explore which keys and key combinations to use to type various letters, digits and symbols in different languages.

  • Worked on an Acer running CentOs on VirtualBox: AltGr + the ~ (left to number 1). Mar 20 '20 at 14:11

I tried to do exactly as you tried, Anders. My keyboard is Brazilian (ABNT), so I have similar keyboard peculiarities and annoyances, as signals and accents, too.

According to this other issue, I pressed Enter at the end of the same sequence you tried to do, to make it work.

I think if you repeat the sequence you tried at your question, finally pressEnter (*), it will works!

PS: Don`t forget to release CtrlAlt after press U.

(*)space works,too.

  • The second sentence of the question is exactly this.
    – muru
    Oct 4 '17 at 0:52
  • @muru, I edited my answer. See if it's suitable, now.
    – Redbob
    Oct 4 '17 at 1:55
  • You don't need to press Enter specifically - Spacebar would do too.
    – muru
    Oct 4 '17 at 2:06
  • Exactly @muru, It worked. I tested any other key, none of them worked. Do you know anyelse?
    – Redbob
    Oct 4 '17 at 2:12
  • Tapping Shift or Ctrl as well (not holding, since capital A-E are valid characters here). Tapping Super or Alt cancels.
    – muru
    Oct 4 '17 at 2:19

I had this problem too. With a Ducky 65% keyboard the button Ubuntu assigned to vertical pipe wasn't physically existent. I ended up adding a cronjob on boot that uses xmodmap to set vertbar to keyboards altgr+6. This is the command: xmodmap -e "keycode 15 = 6 ampersand 6 asciicircum bar fiveeighths"

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I cannot follow your problem. I just changed my German keyboard for the purpose of trying to understand your problem by typing setxkbmap se on the command line, and Alt Gr + | got the same result as when using setxkbmap de.

  • There's no key | at least on my keyboard, you probably mean the < key.
    – dessert
    Oct 3 '17 at 17:59
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    Just checked this link for Swedish layout ; documentation.vizrt.com/viz-easycut-guide/4.12/… and it shows the third level select key (AltGr) just like my German KB. Is yours somehow non-standard? Oct 3 '17 at 18:06
  • Well, on some keyboards, several symbols are printed on the keys, for example this one, i.stack.imgur.com/ZkNZR.jpg, so you could say | key (not only < key, @dessert).
    – sudodus
    Oct 3 '17 at 18:06
  • @DavidWalker, there was confusion because the symbol on the OPs key was not a solid vertical bar, but two vertical bars with a small space between, which "looks like a long : ". We solved that issue via comments.
    – sudodus
    Oct 3 '17 at 18:15

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