How can I get mathematical symbols in verbatim mode? If I use them, for example \equiv, it is just reproduced as is in the pdf.

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    It sounds like you don't really want verbatim (which means produce the output, erm, verbatim). What do you really want?
    – TH.
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 5:10
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    I want to include some code. For that I want to use the verbatim mode so that I dont have to do all the indentation, etc. And in that code, there are some symbols. What can I do?
    – n1kh1lp
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 5:11

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You can use alltt, fancyvrb or listings package for this purpose.

For fancyvrb, see manual "4.1.16 Catcode characters". Example:

x=1/sqrt(z**2) ! $\frac{1}{\sqrt{z^2}}$

It is easier to use listings package, see manual "4.14 Escaping to LaTeX". Example:

// calculate $a_{ij}$
$a_{ij} = a_{jj}/a_{ij}$;

If you include the alltt package like this:

\usepackage{alltt} %verbatim boxes with latex commands

Then create math within an alltt environment using \ensuremath{...}

\ensuremath{\neg}((P \ensuremath{\wedge} S) \ensuremath{\oplus} S)

I think you might try the alltt package.

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