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Please indicate clearly when you are reopening old threads. People often don't notice that the conversation is long dead, and may respond to people who aren't even around any more. And only post at all if you have something important to add to it, like corrections or updated information.
As often seems to happen though, I can take this opportunity to add something substantial of my own to the topic. A universal way to input the pipe character (along with many others) is with the x-windows multi-key system. My compose file shows it as being created with <multi><v><l> (or lv,VL,LV) and <multi><slash><ascicircum> and its reverse (/^,^/).
Mr. New, where are you located geographically, or better yet do you now realize that the | is a pipe symbol which you've derived from shift+\? Or, have you tried this and found that it doesn't work, even though it looked acceptable on the screen?
I was having a problem with the pipe symbol so I did a google search and this thread was right at the top. Actually turns out I had my keyboard mapped to a US layout rather than a UK layout; you'd think the british pound and euro signs on the keys would have tipped me off! A lot of the laptops we're using in this part of the world (Kenya, and Africa in general) include lots of ex-UK second-hand laptops so the wrong keyboard mappings can be a problem. Though, I suspect, that wasn't the problem markw8500 was talking about when he posted 8 years ago (wow!)
Last edited by tux_addict; 10-02-2013 at 10:46 AM.