For ... complicated ... reasons (which I'll explain in a moment), I want to be able to put a literal end-of-line character in my document. Simply putting
^^J results in an Ω. Looking at the font tables in TeX by Topic, that seems quite reasonable as the slot occupied by character 10 - corresponding to the inputted eol - is, indeed, Ω. Looking further at the font tables, I can't see an eol symbol in the standard TeX fonts (why would it be there?). So I went searching in other fonts and of course they have the symbol, but I can't figure how to get it in to the document. So:
How do I get a literal end-of-line character in to a document?
(The rest isn't necessary to understand the question, just the background)
My reason for wanting this is strange, but hopefully comprehensible. I'm coercing TeX into being a pre-processor. A step in this is to use
pdftotext to convert the output from TeX into an ordinary text file (suitable for feeding back into another system). Now for my desired next step, line endings seem to be significant. So I want to control where they end up. However, unless I have a sheet of (virtual) paper 20m wide, I also need to let TeX break lines where it will (since either TeX or PDF or
pdftotext truncate long lines). I thought that I could get around this by using the fact that there are different systems for line-breaks on different computers, and
pdftotext is nice enough to work with all of them. So I can tell
pdftotext to convert the linebreaks in the PDF to, say, character 13 whilst putting character 10 where I actually want them. But that strategy hinges on being able to put some sort of actual eol character in the output, which I don't seem to be able to do.