How do I force a page break within a file included with \VerbatimInput? It's C code, and I would prefer a solution that is transparent to the C compiler - something like a form feed (^L) in the source.

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I copied the start of the texbook.tex file, where a couple of ^L are used. Then this code will break pages at those tokens:


\def^^L{\par} % not outer


This will have page breaks



Here is the part I put in the file

% This manual is copyright (C) 1984 by the American Mathematical Society.
% All rights are reserved!
% The file is distributed only for people to see its examples of TeX input,
% not for use in the preparation of books like The TeXbook.
% Permission for any other use of this file must be obtained in writing
% from the copyright holder and also from the publisher (Addison-Wesley).
  \errmessage{This manual is copyrighted and should not be TeXed}\repeat
\pausing1 \input manmac
\ifproofmode\message{Proof mode is on!}\pausing1\fi
^L% halftitle
\line{\cmman The\hfill T\kern-10pt\lower13pt\hbox{E}\kern-5pt Xbook}
\rightline{The fine print in the upper right-hand}
\rightline{corner of each page is a draft of intended}
\rightline{index entries; it won't appear in the real book.}
\rightline{Some index entries will be in |typewriter type|}
\rightline{and/or preceded by {\tt\char`\\} or enclosed in \<$\ldots$>, etc;}
\rightline{such typographic distinctions aren't shown here.}
\rightline{An index entry often extends for several pages;}
\rightline{the actual scope will be determined later.}
\rightline{Please note things that should be indexed but aren't.}
^L% title
\pageno=-1 % the front matter is numbered with roman numerals
\font\auth=cmssdc10 scaled\magstep4 % used only on the title page
\font\elevenbf=cmbx10 scaled\magstephalf % ditto
\font\elevenit=cmti10 scaled\magstephalf % ditto
\font\elevenrm=cmr10 scaled\magstephalf % ditto
\line{\cmman The\hfill T\kern-10pt\lower13pt\hbox{E}\kern-5pt Xbook}
^^{Knuth, Donald Ervin}
^^{Bibby, Duane Robert}

Here ^L appears as two characters, so you should find a way for coercing your editor to insert the real ^L.

The first output page is as follows, note that the page break is taken just at the ^L.

enter image description here

Points to note

  1. ^^L is made non outer
  2. ^^L is already active
  3. We have to pop two levels of boxing for getting where \pagebreak has effect
  • Thanks, that works perfectly! I couldn't have figured it out myself.
    – user92221
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:31

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