Pipe (|) symbol under spanish keybord in xterm

Mark J. Reed markjreed@gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 15:10:00 GMT 2009

On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM, Gery Herbozo Jimenez  wrote:
> I've been working for a while with a spanish keyboard


> and up to now I don't know how to get the pipe (|) symbol in my xterm terminal. However, I
> do get it in the bash terminal without problems using Ctrl + Alt + 1. When I follow this step
> in the xterm I get this instead of the pipe: (arg: 1). What does it mean?

In readline's emacs mode, holding down the alt key while typing
numbers is how you enter a repeat count for an editing command - e.g.
alt-3 alt-f (hold down alt and type 3f) to go forward three words. The
"(arg: 1)" means you've typed a repeat count of "1" so far (you could
add more digits to make it "10" or something).  The control key is not
contributing anything in this instance.

It seems X is not recognizing your keyboard layout.  I'd try adding
"-xkblayout es" to the X server command line, as indicated in the
above FAQ entry.

Mark J. Reed <markjreed@gmail.com>

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