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Why do I have to hit CTR---+

CTRL+P is the default ``force'' character, used to tell tip(1) that the next character is literal data. You can set the force character to any other character with the ~s escape, which means ``set a variable''.

Type ~sforce=single-char followed by a newline. single-char is any single character. If you leave out single-char, then the force character is the nul character, which you can get by typing CTRL+2 or CTRL+SPACE. A pretty good value for single-char is SHIFT+CTRL+6, which I have seen only used on some terminal servers.

You can have the force character be whatever you want by specifying the following in your $HOME/.tiprc file:

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