I found a hint from Karl Berry written 4 years ago about how to get line wrapping in code samples, in texi2pdf output. I demonstrate that solution below. However, it would be interesting to know if there is a way to do this without requiring hand-tuning of the expressions that are being printed.

One possible work-around that occurred to me is to do the hand-tweaking as needed and wrap that in @ifpdf tags. But that seems to be explicitly not possible.

At present, Texinfo does not provide ‘@ifpdf’ or ‘@pdf’ commands as for the other output formats, since PDF documents contain many internal low-level offsets and references that would be hard or impossible to get right at the Texinfo source level.

\input texinfo   @c -*-texinfo-*-      
@c %**start of header
@setfilename longline.info
@settitle Long Line Sample
@c %**end of header

@node    Top
@chapter Long line example

Here is an example of a code block, it is formatted using a pair of matching @code{@@example} and @code{@@end example} tags.

(["lessfrequentword" java.lang.string]
["mostfrequentword" java.lang.string]
#<parameterizedtypeimpl java.util.arraylist<java.lang.string[]>>]
["words" #<parameterizedtypeimpl
@end example

As you can see, there is no linewrapping.  What I would like is something that looks more like this:

@t{(["lessfrequentword" java.lang.string]}@*
@t{["mostfrequentword" java.lang.string]}@*
@t{#<parameterizedtypeimpl java.util.arraylist<java.lang.string[]>>]}@*
@t{["words" #<parameterizedtypeimpl}@*
@t{ java.util.arraylist<ccg.flow.processnodes.text.retrievers.dictionary. dictionaryitem>>])}@*
@end quotation

But ideally without the need to hand-tweak the text (note extra space introduced in the
second listing in particular).


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something like this might be a start

Start the file

\input texinfo   @c -*-texinfo-*-
@input texinfoextras
@end iftex

then compiling (e.g. for Info) with

makeinfo --no-iftex texinfo.texi

to hide the input command from this processor.

For processing with texi2pdf, a sensible texinfoextras.tex could be


which allows line wrapping on . resulting in

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  • It seems that it can be hidden inside @iftex ... @end iftex commands and then compiling (for Info) with makeinfo --no-iftex texinfo.texi. – Joe Corneli Jun 13 '15 at 0:47
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    @JoeCorneli thanks I added that to the answer. – David Carlisle Jun 13 '15 at 9:34
  • Thanks, I augmented this to break on ; as well; it turns out that's less elegant, but in case a future visitor wants to see (or in case it can be improved): gist.github.com/holtzermann17/860ce53e67bc0dcb7762 - and I finally think I understand something about these catcodes I've been seeing all these years, from a gander at a few pages of A Beginner’s Book of TEX by Raymond Seroul. – Joe Corneli Jun 18 '15 at 22:22

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