The verbatim environment is a paragraph-making environment that gets LaTeX to print exactly what you type in. It turns LaTeX into a typewriter with carriage returns and blanks having the same effect that they would on a typewriter. The output looks exactly as it looks in the input file.

The difference between verbatim and verbatim* is that the latter prints spaces as "visual" spaces, i.e., a short, squat "u".

The only text which cannot be placed in the verbatim environment is the 14-character sequence "\end{verbatim}".

The verbatim environment may not be used in the argument of another command. However, it can be placed inside a minipage environment which allows you to manipulate it's placement.

Also see \verb
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Revised: Sheldon Green, 4 Dec 1995.