# Stay away from zero

Given a non-negative integer n, output 1 if n is 0, and output the value of n otherwise.

# Input

A non-negative integer.

# Testcases

input output
0      1
1      1
2      2
3      3
4      4
5      5
6      6
7      7


# Scoring

This is , so shortest answer in bytes wins.

Standard loopholes apply.

• You should probably put a link to the TNB CMC, since that's where this challenge came from. May 3, 2017 at 20:53
• Does the answer need to be a full function, or can it be the body? May 3, 2017 at 20:58
• @CalebKleveter The default rule in PPCG is that the answer is either a function or a full program, but not snippets. May 4, 2017 at 1:56
• Can we print the output with a leading zero? Dec 26, 2017 at 21:54
• @MDXF yes, you can. Dec 26, 2017 at 22:30

# Ruby, 11 bytes

->n{n|1>>n}


# Forte, 25 bytes

9LET0=1:INPUT2:PRINT2:END


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### Explanation

Clearly, the best way to approach this challenge is to define 0 to be 1. Problem solved.

Seriously. That's exactly what this program does.

9          Line number (doesn't matter as long as it's not 0 or 2)
LET 0=1   Redefine 0 to be 1; all future occurrences of 0 will evaluate as 1
INPUT 2   Redefine 2 to be a number read from input; all future occurrences of 2 will
evaluate as the input number, though of course if that number was 0 it
actually evaluates as 1
PRINT 2   Print that number
END       End the program


## Mathematica, 9 8 bytes

Per Martin Ender:

#~Max~1&


First idea:

#/. 0->1&


Pure function with replaces 0 with 1. The space is necessary or it thinks we are dividing by .0.

# Taxi, 517 bytes

Go to Post Office:w 1 l 1 r 1 l.Pickup a passenger going to The Babelfishery.Go to The Babelfishery:s 1 l 1 r.Pickup a passenger going to Cyclone.Go to Cyclone:n 1 l 1 l 2 r.Pickup a passenger going to Addition Alley.Pickup a passenger going to Knots Landing.Go to Knots Landing:n 2 r 2 r 1 l.Pickup a passenger going to Addition Alley.Go to Addition Alley:w 1 r 1 l 2 l.Pickup a passenger going to The Babelfishery.Go to The Babelfishery:n 1 r 1 r.Pickup a passenger going to Post Office.Go to Post Office:n 1 l 1 r.


Formatted for humans:

Go to Post Office:w 1 l 1 r 1 l.
Pickup a passenger going to The Babelfishery.
Go to The Babelfishery:s 1 l 1 r.
Pickup a passenger going to Cyclone.
Go to Cyclone:n 1 l 1 l 2 r.
Pickup a passenger going to Addition Alley.
Pickup a passenger going to Knots Landing.
Go to Knots Landing:n 2 r 2 r 1 l.
Pickup a passenger going to Addition Alley.
Go to Addition Alley:w 1 r 1 l 2 l.
Pickup a passenger going to The Babelfishery.
Go to The Babelfishery:n 1 r 1 r.
Pickup a passenger going to Post Office.
Go to Post Office:n 1 l 1 r.


The key location is Knots Landing which performs the NOT operation so 0 returns 1 and all other numbers return 0. Now, you can go to Addition Alley to add the result from Knots Landing to the original input.

# x86-64 Assembly, 10 9 bytes

Following the standard System V AMD64 calling convention, this function accepts a 32-bit unsigned integer parameter via the EDI register, and returns the result via the EAX register:

89 F8  |     mov   eax, edi    ; move parameter from EDI to EAX
85 C0  |     test  eax, eax    ; test input and set flags
75 01  |     jnz   Finished    ; if input is non-zero, then jump to end
FF 40  |     inc   eax         ; otherwise, input is 0, so increment it to 1
|  Finished:
C3     |     ret               ; return, leaving result in EAX


# x86-32 Assembly, 8 bytes

We could also write this as 32-bit code, since we're only dealing with 32-bit values.

The nice thing about this is that the INC instruction becomes only 1 byte in length. (In 32-bit mode, inc eax can be encoded simply as 40. In 64-bit mode, 40 is interpreted as a REX prefix, so the leading FF is needed. See Intel's documentation for this instruction.)

The caveat is that most 32-bit calling conventions pass parameters on the stack, rather than in registers, and loading a value from the stack (memory) takes many more bytes. If we can be allowed a __fastcall-style calling convention that passes parameters in registers (supported by virtually all C compilers, so not really cheating, just a bit less standard), then the integer parameter is passed in ECX and we get the following code, for a total of 8 bytes:

89 C8  |     mov  eax, ecx
85 C0  |     test eax, eax
75 01  |     jnz  Finished
40     |     inc  eax
|  Finished:
C3     |     ret

• Welcome to PPCG! May 5, 2017 at 15:35
• xchg eax, edi is only 1 byte and is fine since you don't need to keep a copy of the value. Or use a calling convention like GCC's regparm (-mregparm=3) that passes the first arg in EAX already. Tips for golfing in x86/x64 machine code Jan 28, 2021 at 3:52
• Or following an ARM machine-code answer's idea, mov eax, edi / neg edi (setting CF for any non-zero input) / sbb eax, -1 to add 1 or 0 (-(CF + -1)). Unfortunately no shorter unless we can use sbb al, -1 (2 bytes) Jan 28, 2021 at 3:56
• Thanks, @Peter, for the review. I wrote this answer back before I knew it was legitimate to adopt custom calling conventions in assembly answers. I probably won't update it myself at this point; feel free to do so without stepping on my toes. Or post a separate answer. Jan 28, 2021 at 4:11
• There's already a quite clever 5-byte x86 answer with the function entry point in the middle of a block, using jecxz to run an inc ecx, taking full advantage of fastcall and of 1-byte xchg Jan 28, 2021 at 4:17

# Arnold C, 303 bytes

IT'S SHOWTIME
HEY CHRISTMAS TREE i
YOU SET US UP 1
GET YOUR ASS TO MARS i
DO IT NOW
I WANT TO ASK YOU A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS AND I WANT TO HAVE THEM ANSWERED IMMEDIATELY
BECAUSE I'M GOING TO SAY PLEASE i
TALK TO THE HAND i
BULLSHIT
TALK TO THE HAND 1
YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LOGIC
YOU HAVE BEEN TERMINATED


Trying to explain it:

IT'S SHOWTIME //main()
HEY CHRISTMAS TREE i //int i
YOU SET US UP 1 //i = 1
GET YOUR ASS TO MARS i // ? compiler told me to add that
DO IT NOW // ? compiler told me to add that
I WANT TO ASK YOU A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS AND I WANT TO HAVE THEM ANSWERED IMMEDIATELY // something related to reading from stdin
BECAUSE I'M GOING TO SAY PLEASE i // if(i)
TALK TO THE HAND i //print i
BULLSHIT //else
TALK TO THE HAND 1 //print 1
YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LOGIC //endif
YOU HAVE BEEN TERMINATED //end main()


# x86 opcode, 6 5 bytes

       41                         INC     ECX
entry: E3 FD                      JECXZ   SHORT $-1 91 XCHG EAX,ECX C3 RETN  ECX -> EAX • You'll need to add a length in bytes, so other users can tell how long it is. Generally assembly or byte/op-code languages are measured in the size of the instructions the source represents. Dec 18, 2017 at 21:15 • fixed. forgot.   – l4m2 Dec 18, 2017 at 21:26 • Damn, I just came up with E3 01 49 41 C3. – user99151 Jan 28, 2021 at 4:48 • @2x-1 yeah if returning in ECX it can be 1B shorter – l4m2 Feb 4, 2021 at 9:11 # GCC command line, 9 bytes -Df(x)x?:  Try it online! -D in GCC checks if the following content has an =; if not, it add the code #define <followed_content> 1  which in this case turns into #define f(x)x?: 1  • On meta I gave a common solution but here I give a pointed one – l4m2 Dec 20, 2017 at 18:20 • Can the downvoter leave a comment? I find this very creative. Dec 26, 2017 at 21:36 # Java 8, 9 bytes n->n|1>>n  Try it online. # C# .NET, 9 bytes n=>n|1>>n  Try it online. Different approach (and 1 byte shorter) than the existing Java/C# .NET answers. (Also works with negative inputs.) Explanation: i-> // Method with integer as both parameter and return-type i| // Return the input bit-wise OR-ed with: 1>>i // 1 bit-wise right-shifted by the input  1>>i will be 1 when the input is 0, and 0 for every other input. 0|1 for input 0 will therefore result in 1, and n|0 for every other input will therefore result in n. • See? You're getting better at bitwise operations ;-) Apr 13, 2018 at 9:30 • These two are also polyglots with Kotlin, Scala, and a ton of other languages :) – user Jun 4, 2021 at 21:50 # Sinclair ZX81/Timex TS1000/1500 BASIC ~19 tokenized BASIC bytes  1 INPUT A 2 PRINT A+NOT A  This is a more efficient solution than the one below; essentially it takes the NOT value of A (which would be zero in all cases but zero) and adds that to the value of A. Old answer: ### Sinclair ZX81/Timex TS1000/1500 BASIC, ~31 tokenized BASIC bytes  1 INPUT A 2 IF NOT A THEN LET A=NOT A 3 PRINT A  This takes a numeric input from the user and will display 1 if zero is entered by making A NOT A; otherwise it does nothing and displays the numeric value. # Zsh, 13 bytes <<<$[$1?$1:1]


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echo $[$1?$1:1]  Try it online! # Dash (or other POSIX-compliant shell), 17 bytes echo$(($1?$1:1))


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# Binary Lambda Calculus, 2.125 Bytes

00010110 00110001 0


Translation into lambda calculus:

\n. n (\x. n) (\x. x)


# Labyrinth, 6 bytes

?"1
@!


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?   Take number input and push it
"   No-op, but a 3-way junction:
If top is 0, go straight
1     Convert the 0 to 1 and bounce off the dead end
"     Enter the junction again, turn right (reflected to south)
!@    Pop and print as number, turn around the corner and halt

Otherwise, top is positive; turn right
!@    Pop and print as number and halt


# Vyxal, 2 bytes

¬+


¬  # nots the input (x == 0 ? 1 : 0)
+  # adds it to the input


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# Lolwho.Cares, 62 bytes

*2*+21*1*+21010,**>*2+00210v
0 ^02210012+*1*<  ^<0210002<<
321


Old version:

*2*+210*1*+210101,**>*2+00210v
0 ^ 102210012+*1*<  ^<0210002<<
253


The last line isn't code; it's the input number.

Online interpreter: https://valthe.scheffers.net/testing/lolwhocares

• Welcome to Code Golf, and nice first answer! Thanks for linking to an interpreter too! Lolwho.cares looks like an interesting fungeoid (if it is a fungeoid).
– user
Jun 5, 2021 at 23:40
• I looked at the definition, it's probably a fungoid. Jun 6, 2021 at 10:03

# JavaScript (ES6), 8 bytes

Beaten to the shortest solution (as usual!), so here's an alternative.

n=>n?n:1


## Try It

f=
n=>n?n:1
console.log(f(0))
console.log(f(1))
console.log(f(8888))

<?=$argn?:1;  Online Version # Jelly, 2 bytes o1  Try it online! An alternative to the other Jelly solution. o provides a default value for a zero/empty argument; in this case, we default it to 1. • And another alternative is »1 May 2, 2017 at 17:39 • Now you're making me wonder if it's possible in 1 byte; I doubt it, but you have to wonder. The closest I've got is ḃ, which outputs the number itself for all nonzero numbers, and nothing if the input is 0. – user62131 May 2, 2017 at 17:46 • Yeah, another close one is m which yields [0,0] for 0 and n for n. May 2, 2017 at 17:52 # Binary-Encoded Golfical, 12 bytes This binary encoding can be converted back to the standard graphical representation using the encoder provided in the Golfical github repo, or run directly using the interpreter by adding the -x flag. Hexdump of binary encoding: 00 40 02 15 17 14 00 01 23 1D 17 14  Original image: Magnified 120x, with color labels: # k, 2 bytes 1|  Finds the maximum of 1 and whatever number is given. Try it online! # Perl 5, 10 +1 byte for -p flag = 11 bytes $_=$_*1||1  Run with -p flag. • $_=$_||1 and thus $_||=1 is sufficient May 3, 2017 at 16:51
• Also, the other answers don't include the costs of outputting the result, so no need to count -p. May 3, 2017 at 16:52
• You are mistaken. Zero is false, whether stored as a number or as a string. However, if you populate $_ using echo 0 | perl -pe'...', you actually have "0\n", which is true. -l would take care of that. May 3, 2017 at 17:30 • @ikegami we consider here that requiring the input to be supplied without trailing newline is valid. (using echo -n ... for instance). Regarding the cost of outputting the result, the rules on PPCG say that the result need to be either printed, or returned by a function (which is what does the answer you linked), or returned some other way (I don't remember all valid options). (so counting -p flag is mandatory) – Dada May 4, 2017 at 12:23 # GolfScript, 4 3* bytes ~1|  Try it Online! *thanks to user a'_' • Using a bitwise or would still work. – user85052 Jan 26, 2020 at 11:22 # Keg, -hr 4 bytes :0=+  Try it online! # Explanation : # Take 2 inputs 0= # Check whether the input is 0 # (Yields 1 if the input is 0) # (Yields 0 otherwise) + # Add the input with this result and print it rawly # i.e. 0->1, 5->5  • 4 bytes: :0=+ Dec 31, 2019 at 6:59 • The "HighlyRadioactive" interpreter flag. – null Aug 12, 2020 at 8:14 # convey, 6 bytes {+1 }.  Try it online! Outputs the max of the input and 1. I think this is the optimal answer, since to use any binary function, there must be a second line with at least two characters. You can also do the more traditional x+!x for 8 bytes. # Python 3, 16 bytes lambda x:x+(x<1)  Try it online! Thanks caird coinheringaahing for saving an extra byte! • Welcome to CGCC. I think you can test for x<1 to save a byte: Try it online! Jan 28, 2021 at 11:14 # AWK, 8 bytes $0||$0=1  Try it online! Slightly different approach to this answer, reducing 2 bytes. $0||$0=1 Basically, an OR logic gate. Right part is not considered if the left one is true.$0 is the input, parsed as true if different from zero, printing the input.
If input is zero, $0 is set to 1 (right part). As$0 becomes 1, it is parsed true, and then the input is printed.


## C (gcc), 11 bytes

f(n){n?:1;}


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• I tried it online with the provided link, and it outputs 0, 6. Dec 17, 2017 at 17:00
• It seems they've changed the gcc behavior recently. If you switch to tcc it still works. Jan 12, 2018 at 14:03

# C, 27 Bytes

f(n){printf("%d\n",n?n:1);}

• You don't have to output, you can return that too. Also in GCC, you can do n?:1. May 2, 2017 at 16:47
• @betseg thanks I like that n?:1 trick May 2, 2017 at 16:50
• In this particular case you can also use n||1 which is compiler-independent, or !n+n as seen in several other answers. :) May 3, 2017 at 1:48

# MATL, 3 bytes

t~+


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### Explanation

t   % Implicit inupt. Duplicate
~   % Logical negation. Converts zero to 1, and nonzero to 0


# ///, 11 bytes

/#0/1//#//#


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Since there is no other way to take input in ///, hard-code the input after the last #.

Works by replacing #0 with 1. Then it removes any remaining #. The # makes sure that an input of 10 would not output 11.

Version that takes input in Itflabtijtslwi:

GGaGGGGbGG/#0/1//#//#ab


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• For your second program, the input has to be less than 100. Maybe you should mention this? May 3, 2017 at 9:57
• @boboquack Yes. May 3, 2017 at 12:05