# [texhax] What is an "smb:" link, why is \verb| ... | creating it, and how do I stop it?

Douglas McKenna doug at mathemaesthetics.com
Sat May 17 00:05:17 CEST 2014

This is remarkably weird and unexpected.

Here is a MWE that must be viewed as a PDF file.  I'm using TeXLive 2010 and TeXShop 2.47.
Notice that I'm not relying upon either the verbatim or fancyvrb packages, yet the \verb| ... |
construction works as advertised and is not complained of by LaTeX.

%----------------------
\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\verb|\Test|

\verb|\\Test|

\vskip1em
Why is the second of the above two lines a clickable link (hover over it and it
says \verb|smb://Test| (as it does right here)) in the eventual PDF file?
What does smb:'' mean?
If this is a feature (or bug), how do I turn it off (or work around it)?
\end{document}
%-----------------------

Clicking on the link in the eventual PDF causes the Mac Finder to issue the following error:

Connection failed
The server "Test" may not exist or it is unavailable at this time.