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Writing { and } to a file with LaTeX

I want to output a curly brace, which will not be interpreted as a group delimiter. My attempt does not work:


I want that calling \aa will output }.

EDIT As egreg mentionned, my aim is to have a brace that can be later on written into a file. The proposed solution \{ outputs correctly a brace, but attempting to write it in a file fails :

\immediate\write\tempfile{blabla blabla \a blabla}
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marked as duplicate by egreg, clemens, Stefan Kottwitz Jul 5 '12 at 21:58

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You probably should clarify the purpose of this question, which I believe is not printing a brace, but outputting it when writing a file. – egreg Jul 5 '12 at 12:53
Have you tried \def\aa{\}} ? – N3buchadnezzar Jul 5 '12 at 12:55
@egreg : you read in my mind ... ;) – nicolas roy Jul 5 '12 at 21:37
@nicolasroy Please look at the linked probable duplicate. – egreg Jul 5 '12 at 21:44
@egreg : yes, it is exactly a duplicate. Can i close the question officially ? – nicolas roy Jul 5 '12 at 21:46

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Just use \}

This is probably a duplicate question.

Edit: I should also say; putting a backslash \ before nearly any special character in TeX will cause LaTeX to treat it as non-special (and vice versa).

You can either use \} directly, or just put it inside the macro definition:

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