# quine program in C using only macros [closed]

Asked on Stack Overflow, but they suggested to move it here

A while ago I was reading about quines. It made me wonder if it possible to write a macro in C which will print itself, without writing any function such as main. every piece of code should be only in macro. After a few attempts, I couldn't find the solution.

While searching the web for answer, I found the following code:

#define Q(x) #x;x
char *q=Q(main(){printf("#define Q(x) #x;x\nchar *q=Q(");printf(q);printf(")\n");})


Although part of the code isn't in the #define (isn't macro). Is it possible to implement a macro which will print the program ( quine type program )?

EDIT: if it isn't possible (because the macros are 'made' in the preprocessor step), is it possible to implement a quine which is mostly in macros?

## closed as unclear what you're asking by FryAmTheEggman, Timtech, pajonk, l4m2, TotoMay 18 '18 at 6:29

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• @Picard This is on topic, and it's not a duplicate. It is similar in style to this question. – mbomb007 May 17 '18 at 13:42
• @mbomb007 How did you come to that conclusion? Of all the answers to Let's decide what kind of non-challenge questions we want once and for all, only Requests for lists of language-specific golfing advice and Questions about improving code golf / code challenge skills have a positive score. – Dennis May 17 '18 at 14:04
• Since no one else has yet said it, welcome to PPCG! You seem to have stirred up the hornet's nest with your first post (which isn't necessarily a bad thing!), so hopefully you'll stick around for the next one! – AdmBorkBork May 17 '18 at 14:37
• define "mostly in macros" – ASCII-only May 18 '18 at 1:02
• @mbomb007 Ignoring whether it's on-topic, it's definitely unclear. Macros can't print. The question needs more clarification from the OP before it can be reopened. – user202729 May 18 '18 at 3:19