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I have some text files that I what to include in a LaTex file. I would like to execute any (La)TeX commands in the text, but ignore any non-LaTex.

Here is the text:

Contrary to popular belief, \textbf{Lorem Ipsum} is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

I use the alltt (see more here: http://www.texfaq.org/FAQ-verbfile) package to inlcude it:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{alltt}

\begin{document}
    \begin{alltt}
    \input{text.txt}
    \end{alltt}
\end{document}

but the text is not wrapped:

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Probably the following is closer to the desired output. I did not use alltt but simply switched to monospaced font using \ttfamily. Since the default Computer Modern font does not ofer a combination of typewriter like and bold font, I switched to Courier. Alternatives and more information on this topic can be found here:

How do I get \texttt with bold face in LaTeX?

Using \ttfamily with \bfseries (or how to enable bold in fixed-width font)

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\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}
\renewcommand{\ttdefault}{pcr}
{\ttfamily
    Contrary to popular belief, \textbf{Lorem Ipsum} is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

    The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.
}
\end{document}

With an external file:

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}
\renewcommand{\ttdefault}{pcr}
{\ttfamily
\input{text.txt}
}
\end{document}
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  • thanks ! does it work with an external text file?
    – james
    Nov 1, 2020 at 10:19
  • @james: Yes, it does.
    – leandriis
    Nov 1, 2020 at 10:20
  • My apologies, but I don't see how to do it. Would you mind sharing an example LaTex code?
    – james
    Nov 1, 2020 at 10:23
  • I have updated my answer accordingly. You should now be able to use the \text.txt file from your original question.
    – leandriis
    Nov 1, 2020 at 10:40
  • Oh great! Thanks a lot!
    – james
    Nov 1, 2020 at 10:48

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