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Basically I want


to produce straight single quotes, rather than the curly ones it normally produces (in pdflatex).

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Not quite related to the q., but searching for the problem led me here: Outside of verbatim, you can use \char18 and \char13 to get modified ` and ' characters. – Mohan Nov 20 '12 at 11:12
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You can use the package upquote. Note the package loads the package textcomp

The package upquote works also with listings.

% !TEX program  = pdflatex --shell-escape


The result:

enter image description here

If you are using pygmentize version 1.6 that the package upquote can't do its job. To fix this issue you can use the following hack:


Note if you are working with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX the hack isn't needed.

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Awesome. Thanks! – nimish Mar 9 '12 at 22:49
For anyone who comes across this later: the upquote package modifies all verbatim text (\verb and the verbatim environment) to render ' and ` as the upright versions, not the “smart” and . Since (as I understand it) minted and listings rely on fancyvrb, which itself calls out to verbatim text under the hood, this has the desired effect. – Antal Spector-Zabusky Sep 27 '12 at 6:02
On Mac OS 10.8.3 (if that matters), that still gives me curly quotes... – Jubobs May 30 '13 at 15:22
@Jubobs: Do you working with TL2013? – Marco Daniel May 30 '13 at 15:24
@MarcoDaniel This is embarrassing -_- but I'm not sure which version of TeX Live I have. How do I check that? Would the TeX Live Utility tell me that or do I need to type some code in the terminal? – Jubobs May 30 '13 at 22:59

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