# pandoc to PDF not putting a shaded block around language specific code sections

I have the following text in my .md file:

### Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures

tables, and a list of figures, each in its own page.

~~~ latex
\newpage
\tableofcontents
\newpage
\listoftables
\newpage
\listoffigures
\newpage
~~~


When this is processed with the below command:

pandoc --number-sections \
--toc --variable lof=true --variable lot=true \
--filter pantable \
--filter pandoc-tablenos \
--filter pandoc-fignos \
--filter pandoc-latex-fontsize \
--from markdown \
--standalone \
--template=template.latex
--variable subparagraph:yes \
--to latex \
--output document.txt \
document.md


The code block does not have a shaded block around it. When I have the same sections, but without the latex after the first set of ~~~, the shaded block is produced, but I loose the language formatting. I looked at a bunch of potential solutions including adding the following to the template.latex file:

$if(highlighting-macros)&$highlighting-macros&
$end$


I get the following error:

LaTeX Error: Command \VerbBar already defined.
Or name \end... illegal, see p.192 of the manual.


The code that is generated by pandoc for the above is:

\begin{Shaded}
\begin{Highlighing}
\FunctionTok{\textbackslash{}newpage}
\FunctionTok{\textbackslash{}tableofcontents}
\FunctionTok{\textbackslash{}newpage}
\FunctionTok{\textbackslash{}listoftables}
\FunctionTok{\textbackslash{}newpage}
\FunctionTok{\textbackslash{}listoffigures}
\FunctionTok{\textbackslash{}newpage}
\end{Highlighing}


When not indicating the language, the same section would be generated as:

\begin{verbatim}
\newpage
\tableofcontents
\newpage
\listoftables
\newpage
\listoffigures
\newpage
\end{verbatim}


The version of pandoc that I am using is:

pandoc 2.2.2
Compiled with pandoc-types 1.17.4.2, texmath 0.11, skylighting 0.7.0.2


using Tex Live 2013/Debian.

and is running on (I cannot upgrade at this time):

Linux myhostname 4.4.0-96-generic #119-14-04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Sep 13 08:40:48 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


I need to be able to use code blocks with language specifiers that generate shaded blocks around the code when generating a PDF file.

NOTE: I am not having an issue with generating an HTML file.

\$ pandoc --to latex test.md --highlight-style tango -o test.pdf
To see the available styles: pandoc --list-highlight-styles
• Thanks. This did what I was looking to do. In the end I exported the tango style to a file, updated it for my needs and use that file on the --highlight-style qualifier. This is exactly what I needed. – JonBelanger Dec 21 '18 at 15:56
You should add --highlight-style=<xxxx> to your Pandoc command. For possible values of <xxxx> make your pick from pandoc --list-highlight-styles.
I frequently use --highlight-style=espresso. (I slightly modified your Markdown to fit all output on one page, and to really show highlighting of LaTeX code for the screenshot below.) The result: