I have a very simple sweave chunk with two lines, like this:


How can I center this element? I've tried embracing the chunk with \begin{center} to no avail.

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A verbatim environment by default has the width equal to the text width. Thus you cannot center it: the trailing whitespace is included in the line.

Fortunately, Sweave.sty uses fancyvrb package internally. Sweave defines three environments, for the input, output and code, using fancyvrb in the following way:


Now fancyvrb has several environments. One which is helpful in your case is BVerbatim: the text is put into a box with the width by default equal to the width of the longest line of the text. The resulting box can be centered.

Thus the following works:

\noindent\rule{\textwidth}{.1pt} % To show centering

We redefined Soutput as BVerbatim, and the output is now centered:

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Note that only the output is centered in this example. To center input, redefine Sinput as well.

  • Really nice answer!
    – Alan Munn
    Aug 2, 2013 at 21:42
  • @Boris, I've just noticed one problem with that configuration. At the end of the file, I insert another verbatim chunk which is just a print of part of a data frame. However, \DefineVerbatimEnvironment{Soutput}{Verbatim}{} prevents page breaking, so that last chunk will never fit the page (it has 129 rows and 3 cols). How can I prevent this? Aug 6, 2013 at 22:43
  • Well, BVerbatim is a box, so it is not splittable. Redefine the Soutput back to Verbatim just before this large chunk.
    – Boris
    Aug 7, 2013 at 2:39

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