I asked a question earlier about \verb and overfull hbox : In-line \verb -- overfull hbox problem

And regarding the solution there, changed many of my \verbs to \texttt{}s. I have come up with a new problem now. An example:

\documentclass {article}
\section {Introduction}

    The entry point is in \texttt{TRCS.Main()} (\texttt{TRCS\char`\\TRCS.cs}). 
  The stateless (see \S 3.4.3) forms are started immediately, then another controller
  is invoked, namely  \texttt{Workflow}.

Compiling this example will show my problem. \texttt{Workflow} causes an overflow, and a rather significant one. What should I do to alleviate the problem? Thanks in advance for your help!

2 Answers 2


Informally speaking, TeX break lines at spaces (and a few other positions in a word, called "discretionary break"). Discretionary break is not allowed in typewriter typesetting. If there is no space in \texttt{}, it cannot break.

For your example, there is no help using \texttt instead of \verb. There are several ways to solve such kind of problem:

  1. Enable microtype for pdfTeX (suggested):

  2. Enable hythenation of TT text:

  3. Use a sloppy paragraph:



    The entry point is...

    This may cause bad spacing.

  4. Enable break manually:

    \texttt{Work\allowbreak flow}

    This is not useful here, but may be useful for \texttt{TRCS.\allowbreak Main()}

  • 1
    The tip of \allowbreak was helpful for me. When writing method names in code, I would suggest against using hyphenation and toward \allowbreak. I'm making a habit of inserting these at the case changes in in my camel-case method names.
    – greg
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 18:44
  • But I still don't get a "-" in the end of the line, indicating that next lines word is part of previous line! Otherwise nice.
    – netigger
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 13:20

You can have a look at the packages url and path. Both have pros and cons, depending on what you want. So far, I used path and am pleased with it.

Note that the command \path{} exists even without loading the path package. From what I saw, its behaviour is more or less the same, but you cannot specify the break characters.

Finally, in addition to \allowbreak already mentioned, you can also use \- to define conditional breaks. But in that case, LaTeX will put a dash at the end of the line.

  • To my surprise, \path does not support unicode characters.
    – kakyo
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 19:43

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