# Print This Question ↓

The basic idea of a challenge is to print a set output in the shortest code (though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of them, from Borromean Rings to The Gettysburg Address.

This question is similar, except that it requires printing of a special text - the text of this question. Specifically, the very Markdown code that I am typing right now.

To prevent an infinite recursion in the question, the exact text you have to print can be found here.

## Clarifications

• You are not allowed to use any external sources like the internet.
• This means that the purpose of this question is not to download this question text and parse it, but instead to store it in you program.
• This is , so shortest code in bytes wins!
• Let this be a reminder not to edit this post. Ever. Or we're all screwed. – ETHproductions Sep 2 '15 at 0:42
• @DankMemes There's a 5 minute grace period in which you can make more edits without adding a separate revision. – ETHproductions Sep 2 '15 at 1:20
• For the record, the full text is 1059 bytes long, including newlines. – ETHproductions Sep 2 '15 at 1:47
• "but instead to store it in you program" Are you sure you don't want to fix that typo? :D – mbomb007 Sep 2 '15 at 16:36
• @mbomb007 it's not a typo, it's a feature. – h.j.k. Sep 3 '15 at 1:12

# Bash, 608 597 bytes

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The above is a reversible hexdump. To create the file, execute

xxd -r -c 17 > 55857.sh


paste the hexdump and press Enter, then Ctrl + D.

To run created file, execute

bash 55857.sh 2>&-


Any other filename that contains no whitespace, doesn't start with a dash or contains shell expansion characters (e.g. *) will do.

I chose zopfli as the compressor since it is compatible with the Coreutils program zcat and achieves better compression than gzip, bzip2 and xz.

tail -n6 $0|zcat reads the last six lines of the source file and pipes them to zcat. The following lines are full of syntax errors and produce no output. Note that zcat will print a warning (since I stripped the checksum of the compressed file), as will bash (because of the syntax errors). These warnings are printed to STDERR (suppressed by 2>&-), which is allowed by default per consensus on Meta. # Javascript (ES6), 977964 902 bytes Used the find-and-replace method to save 95 bytes overall, then converted the entire program to Base64, which saved another 62. (Converting the entire thing took me two whole hours!) eval(btoak23\r8^ù¶¬Ï¢uæ¾¡ÿVJ%(®óÝÊ&¦W±Ü³ãç!jY^¾Ãù¯¬zß¨ºÚn·è§6Èh®×¬·ç(uï³æØhº~¶­úg)àú¬ùÈZúz0Ï¬ûùg¾«Þúúf§ËêúØ^?>~º&û=A/äb'þwã^ÿjÇ"=Û/=ëx,Ï£³Õ8^øb¾×kzË'ýyßÞ3Þ¶§v³Þ+3ÞØ^Ïx Ïvv·¬³>³íÀÌ(º¿jÉLO¢³ë")Z¯?>{¦ß­«~ß«z«¢­ë>>)àúþkë)yÈ\\÷úØ^þ´Lûù*^r'âq©eË?\r½êòøÆ«Ú0ç(uï­«~#æ¦úÜ©x>®(!·éèÃ>ÐN©­ëÞßè§~)âµï«yË«²*'ú)Í'?\r{´\\¨»èZ½ãùÆ§ù·¾~§wìõêÞ·¯È¨Ïõ½õy­óßOyÓ=øoMóÝ§½ç=öáö¼×f½ko?¾'°Ï{(º·Ï¬ûC03\0)Z®'âq«b¢{Ï¢ï­ï§¢ßZ0yÓ®±ï/Æ×«©~²«që>)6)íz¹Þ´yj{>¶­6«¦úþ´O¢³éè´çhÂyhiß­V§wêZ®Ç¾Üüù»­ú)ìµæ:Ëh­ï¢·è§û*.úè¶¦+r^Ïx(üøÏÏ¬£ë!¢»^²ß¡×¾³0[Ê×¬ÌÁû§³0³?3×>óï>ÜÌÉ@14ãÕÌøÏ¹§>qÌÊk2ÏºÞ¦V{>^½©sç0ÿÌ\\ÆÇ1ÿ0óë?3?sõøÏm¶öÿ÷(uè(üû²Öì\\©à{>Ü¢oÙ+>%­{~g>ó÷=þN¬ù®zËb¢v^¶Ü¬nêàfë¢g­ïúÚ>fâÖ~Ï[Z=³>ì¦X­Ì6s=\\Ï¸§uìN>qÏ¬øÏ¬úÏÆ¥z»så¬ú.replace(/z(.)/g,y=>' [:-]().,\r#*!\\${}=\'>'[parseInt(y[1],36)]).replace(/\+/g,' '))


There are a ton of unprintable characters in this, so here's the raw data: http://pastebin.com/FR6Ah0ZL

And the original encoded text:

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EDIT 1: Shaved off 13 bytes. EDIT 2: Converted to Base64. • I may try to decode the entire program to Base64 (encoding actually increases the length a lot), but the problem with that is there are a lot of characters that are not Base64 compatible (A-Za-z0-9+/). I could replace the spaces with +, which isn't used anywhere else. Any other suggestions? – ETHproductions Sep 2 '15 at 23:30 • Roughly compressing with atob save 25%, so near 250 bytes in this case. There are 13 non-base64 characters in the text: " [:-]().,\n#*!" that can be replaced with valid base64 characters not present (many uppercase letters). Something like replace(/[\S\s]/g,c=>" [:-]().,\n#*!"['DEFHJKLNOPQUV'.indexOf(c)]||c)" That said, for some reason I did not manage to do it right. – edc65 Sep 3 '15 at 8:36 • There are a lot more replacements you can use to shave off more bytes (as in my second answer) – DankMemes Sep 3 '15 at 14:24 • @edc65 Thanks for the suggestion! I used a similar technique, which I will explain in more detail later. – ETHproductions Sep 3 '15 at 17:11 • @ETHproductions. This answer is two years old, so I don't know if some rules were changed in meanwhile, but I think this tool can golf it to 820 bytes (and it is consistent even with ES6). – user72349 Sep 14 '17 at 9:14 # Linux Shell 843 bytes #!/bin/sh base64 -d <<M|zcat H4sIAKBL5lUAA5WTQW/bMAyF7/kVHHppgyhOmgRtett2GHbYZQswDEEPtE3bQmzRlegk/vejZLTY etoAIw4s6fHxe9ShIcgx2AJsSQhcAcJRsH46cdtxzZ7PpuCub+lqZXyGosG2JVcT2ADC0HvrRM8E EuBB+kHAOhBVDQ17oSBQcElwKw0PdaMrKNAROutqaDBEQVUrwfHlbgk/ST+e408JHboxGlKxbgGV 5w6On9jrW4/DdxUIz7eNSP+UZbFGzW21DILFia6T6lKdZy+DmrDsQrbbbNcPGYbCWpO/Chkfhe5i L8eD2v5CImPIB1/Dx7L0FP6zyHq32e+yhi/Goyu5MzYY7cDUb7oGJ9275Wx2c/OLBw8HDKfZ7NAo 01elyDfYzrboF6C1qJcJnhXw9DJYlZjoR5Ipt9BTYbEFoauASSGkv4nhH9JL+BF3VrbQLMdF2ngm P8I39KeSL26KLFX7CtiBjH0s4m3dSAxKjR9i9HSmGL56dZV1VkidFYMPyf40Ba81pyp0xUImUyMP U9RvQ1SoUE5Q8eBKODbk6V/IqwkbJvLVw2ZNuDGr/W5ltvlqY5D2O3O/rfBxfY97vH/MzpYuJijz gib+nxVwQpHim80MaCKAnrRR7a1t+aLTqSaHQBAnUs2Td4p5UgnQ2hOl7rQJXSFZqkjKMs5XmDjG 9X7wPavK+zxi1LGYFon0W9bh/3tDIqbjBD16FbCygDzdtCCEyV0Q9nEhco9oe8+1x+7Nij7pWkeS JqJ8XmgD7y6pnp3P81E/zOdwUfUPvwFrjlp7HwQAAA== M  All the code in is in the second line. • base64 -d decodes base64 data from stdin • <<M directs stdin from the script itself with end-of-file at the first line containing only M • | is a pipe directing the output to • zcat a gzip decompressor that reads from stdin. • this followed by the message first gzip compressed and then base64 encoded. Could probably be further golfed by removing line line breaks from the data and using echo instead og heardoc to store it. I feel like I'm missing something important... • I had a PHP version of this ready to post when I saw this answer. GG WP – DankMemes Sep 2 '15 at 1:19 • You should be able to save ~20 bytes, by getting rid of the newlines, and rewriting the pipeline using a herestring, like that base64 -d<<<BASE64DATA|zcat – zeppelin Dec 28 '16 at 19:26 • I think Dennis found what I missed in his answer. – Jasen Dec 29 '16 at 4:51 # PHP, 812 Very naive solution. I might come up with something better later. <?=gzinflate(base64_decode("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"));  • ah, yes using raw "flate" withouth the gzip wrapper saves a few bytes in the data – Jasen Sep 2 '15 at 1:38 # Bash (+ppmd), 588 bytes This one beats @Dennis answer by 9 bytes, by utilizing the Prediction by partial matching compression, as implemented by the ppmd package (available in the official Debian/Ubuntu repositories). 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This can likely be shortened even more using variables. # ///, 976 961 bytes /?/ code //_/shortest?//^/text //@/the//$/ the //&/ to ///question//~/codegolf.stackexchange.com/The basic idea of a [tag:kolmogorov-complexity] challenge is&print a set output in$_(though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of @m, from [Borromean Rings](http:\/\/~\/questions\/53417\/ascii-borromean-rings)&[The Gettysburg Address](http:\/\/~\/questions\/15395\/how-random-is-@-gettysburg-address). ##Your Task This  is similar, except that it requires printing of a special ^-$^of this . Specifically,$very Markdown?that I am typing right now. To prevent an infinite recursion in$,$exact ^you have&print can be found [here](http:\/\/~\/revisions\/1f731ea3-0950-4b03-ae95-24fa812a9a28\/view-source). ##Clarifications - You are not allowed&use any external sources like$internet.
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I have just revamped the compression algorithm in Husk, making it quite a lot faster. I wanted to try it on a question with a long text to compress, and here was my occasion. This took less than two seconds to compress, so I'm happy about my revamping. It's also currently shorter than any other answer to this challenge (which I realize is quite old, but I'm happy about my compression system all the same ^^). # Java, 10831081 1060 bytes class T{public static void main(String[]a){System.out.println("The basic idea of a [tag:kolmogorov-complexity] challenge is to print a set output in the shortest code (though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of them, from [Borromean Rings](_%s/53417/ascii-borromean-rings) to [The Gettysburg Address_%s/15395/how-random-is-the-gettysburg-address). \n##Your Task\nThis % is similar, except that it requires printing of a special text - the text of this %. Specifically, the very Markdown code that I am typing right now. \nTo prevent an infinite recursion in the %, the exact text you have to print can be found [here_revisions/1f731ea3-0950-4b03-ae95-24fa812a9a28/view-source). \n##Clarifications\n- You are not allowed to use any external sources like the internet. \n- This means that the purpose of this % is not to download this % text and parse it, but instead to store it in you program. \n- This is [tag:code-golf], so shortest code in **bytes** wins!".replaceAll("_","])http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/").replaceAll("%","question"));}}  By using replaceAll for some of the long strings, I saved a few bytes. Golfed 2 bytes by putting "](" before "_" into the replace part. Thanks to @FlipTack for golfing 19 bytes by taking out unnecessary whitespace and unnecessary stuff! (This was a really long time; I've learned a lot since then) • You have a lot of unneeded whitespace here. You don't gaps in T {, ) {System, "_", "]..., etc. And can't String[] args be written as String[]a? – FlipTack Dec 28 '16 at 17:25 • For a shorter byte count, you could also make a function which returns the string. – FlipTack Dec 28 '16 at 17:27 • You can use a Java 8 interface T{static void main instead of class T{public static void main to save 1 byte; you can change println to print to save 2 bytes; You can remove the spaces at "_", "[... and "%", "question" to save 2 bytes; You could replace print with printf so you won't need the replaceAll (not sure if, and how many this saves). – Kevin Cruijssen Aug 11 '17 at 8:40 ## HTML, 1082 1072 With the same text font :P The end tag </pre> is not necessary. <pre>The basic idea of a [tag:kolmogorov-complexity] challenge is to print a set output in the shortest code (though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of them, from [Borromean Rings](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/53417/ascii-borromean-rings) to [The Gettysburg Address](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/15395/how-random-is-the-gettysburg-address). ##Your Task This question is similar, except that it requires printing of a special text - the text of this question. Specifically, the very Markdown code that I am typing right now. To prevent an infinite recursion in the question, the exact text you have to print can be found [here](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/revisions/1f731ea3-0950-4b03-ae95-24fa812a9a28/view-source). ##Clarifications - You are not allowed to use any external sources like the internet. - This means that the purpose of this question is not to download this question text and parse it, but instead to store it in you program. - This is [tag:code-golf], so shortest code in **bytes** wins!  # Octave, 1017 Strightforward with two substitutions, I do not think it is possible to reduce even more.  q='question';s='http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/';disp(['The basic idea of a [tag:kolmogorov-complexity] challenge is to print a set output in the shortest code (though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of them, from [Borromean Rings](',s,q,'s/53417/ascii-borromean-rings) to [The Gettysburg Address](',s,q,'s/15395/how-random-is-the-gettysburg-address).\n\n##Your Task\n\nThis ',q,' is similar, except that it requires printing of a special text - the text of this ',q,'. Specifically, the very Markdown code that I am typing right now.\n\nTo prevent an infinite recursion in the ',q,', the exact text you have to print can be found [here](',s,'revisions/1f731ea3-0950-4b03-ae95-24fa812a9a28/view-source).\n\n##Clarifications\n\n\n- You are not allowed to use any external sources like the internet.\n- This means that the purpose of this ',q,' is not to download this ',q,' text and parse it, but instead to store it in you program.\n- This is [tag:code-golf], so shortest code in **bytes** wins!'])  • Really old answer, I know, but you could save 4 bytes with this (link to TIO) – Tom Carpenter Aug 12 '17 at 21:58 • And a further byte with this – Tom Carpenter Aug 12 '17 at 22:06 # Python 2, 988 bytes I use a simple string substitution. Still golfable... print"""The basic idea of a [tag:kolmogorov-complexity] challenge is to print a set output in the shortest code (though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of them, from [Borromean RingsZQs/53417/ascii-borromean-rings) to [The Gettysburg AddressZQs/15395/how-random-is-the-gettysburg-address). ##Your Task This Q is similar, except that it requires printing of a special text - the text of this Q. Specifically, the very Markdown code that I am typing right now. To prevent an infinite recursion in the Q, the exact text you have to print can be found [hereZrevisions/1f731ea3-0950-4b03-ae95-24fa812a9a28/view-source). ##Clarifications - You are not allowed to use any external sources like the internet. - This means that the purpose of this Q is not to download this Q text and parse it, but instead to store it in you program. - This is [tag:code-golf], so shortest code in **bytes** wins!""".replace('Z',"](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/").replace('Q',"question") • You can add a space in front of the replacement text of "Q", this saves a few characters (but decreases readability). – heinrich5991 Sep 2 '15 at 18:53 • @heinrich5991 I cannot, since question is used in two of the URLs, causing more to be lost than gained with that adjustment. – mbomb007 Sep 2 '15 at 19:49 • You can try str.translate for multiple replacements – Sp3000 Sep 3 '15 at 0:01 • @Sp3000 doesn't translate require the entire list of alphanumeric characters, though? ... translate the characters using table, which must be a 256-character string giving the translation for each character value, indexed by its ordinal. – mbomb007 Sep 3 '15 at 2:51 • @mbomb007 Not if you use Unicode strings, like u"abc".translate({97:u"x"}) although at that point Python 3 might possibly be better – Sp3000 Sep 3 '15 at 3:30 # SOGL 0.8, 571 bytes (non-competing) ""%I│Γ"J∞‛█Τ∙‚+∑(4░║ρ│oΛe2ρ′╗m↔←A<¡►&ŗNō▼ΥικVf÷!╗‼ξ┐Wο1 sY¬ƨ⁾¡»╬j§4¡η╬Σεxτ§¼rķ(Λ‽Kp√½ΗφW≡fC╚⁹≠╬Βηs0θ⅓I+žπƨΒY³Pu⁽šnχ~░5u►℮O¹o│≈+Δ┐š;ΜTV)wm⌠⁄υ∞1;gγ¼τωΚ■FR░ŗΤ∞‰ŗ⌡šZž█GνhΗ)Δo▲℮↔uξxKΤ4└χ…⁄ŗ╝cJē∙ΒΤi%⁽Σσk÷YΨ►l"βj;σoƨΩ╚↔f5$φvhē≠¦jO⌠T[±žν⅛◄bk⅜³β⅜UEΙ′Η--<~Y′¦!πƧ⁾=╥ν#○∙2¡TFpπō┌↑# ±⌠℮¬‰Τ>⌠t⅝>ķ'¶↓+w(½⁷↑ø#Ξ%:║θ↕↑DƧ⅞℮5Rr⁴,«xģΜ5Χ▓#⁸\‼∞f.xΣ╬≤∑ΛB;Ο/Sšδ‚^Λ½0S/≥E=÷℮YεDHψκhψB~ν⅓┌e>#∙0℮|θR⁸½N…1─ķφ∙Y⁵№Χ$gx:χZō┐Δ=░⁄κ§o□π|÷øΣxē′↓Κηπε\╤⁽Ιβiμ^ņμΦƧK℮Δnε{ΩA7≠ΓIw¶¤╥γ╝δΞ▼□╚¼Uf↔mK←G▓a⁴ηē¦CΓ°⁵⁄χwƧB2h⌠↓■ņ-AΛ∆Y⅟VYK0○4Gx↕┐ķk#ž6æ3►ΘšXΤΕ█Rtε{►n‰6mI-υō⁰┼¶BķT³‘ ^"≠‚z|√λ⅜…w╝_└b′℮Χ]υ:.▒█m≤↔t§)U█ā⅛□⁸S$/‘ŗ


Expect this to be golfed some more.

Basically a compressed string (english words and characters) with s](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/ replaced with ^ and replaced back.

• Hmm, looks like SOGL is newer than this challenge ? If this is true, you should mark you question accordingly (i.e. "Non-Competitive") – zeppelin Dec 28 '16 at 21:36
• @zeppelin yep. Missed the date somehow. – dzaima Dec 28 '16 at 21:42

# Dyalog APL, 638 bytes

Requires ⎕IO←0. For ⎕IO←1 just change ¯128 to ¯129.

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alert(s)

String replacement taken to the extreme.

## Explanation

s=...                     // The compressed string
a=...                     // List of characters to replace
b=....split;            // List of replacements
for(i in a)                 // For every index in a
s = s.replace(a[i], b[i]) // Replace every occurence of a[i] in s with b[i]


## Java 1130 bytes

import java.io.*;import java.util.*;import java.util.zip.*;public class P{public static void main(String[]a)throws Exception{InputStream s=new InflaterInputStream(new ByteArrayInputStream(Base64.getDecoder().decode("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".getBytes())));int i=0,n=1067;byte[]r=new byte[n];for(;i<n;i++){r[i]=(byte)s.read();}System.out.println(new String(r));}}


An InflaterInputStream that reads the bytes from a hard-coded String that contains the Base64-encoded, ZIPped data of the post.

Not very impressive, but at least that's 15 bytes less than the naive version that just prints the string:

public class Q{public static void main(String[]args){System.out.println("The basic idea of a [tag:kolmogorov-complexity] challenge is to print a set output in the shortest code (though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of them, from [Borromean Rings](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/53417/ascii-borromean-rings) to [The Gettysburg Address](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/15395/how-random-is-the-gettysburg-address).\n\n##Your Task\n\nThis question is similar, except that it requires printing of a special text - the text of this question. Specifically, the very Markdown code that I am typing right now.\n\nTo prevent an infinite recursion in the question, the exact text you have to print can be found [here](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/revisions/1f731ea3-0950-4b03-ae95-24fa812a9a28/view-source).\n\n##Clarifications\n\n- You are not allowed to use any external sources like the internet.\n- This means that the purpose of this question is not to download this question text and parse it, but instead to store it in you program.\n- This is [tag:code-golf], so shortest code in **bytes** wins!");}}

• You should try a find/replace like I did and see if that is shorter. Try String.replaceAll(). – mbomb007 Sep 2 '15 at 21:26
• @mbomb007 Yes, I considered this. In fact, I analyzed the word frequencies to see whether it could be worthwhile. But there are few repeated words in the text, with "question" being one of the longest ... and having to call, for example, s.replaceAll("X","the") would only be beneficial if there were > 11 occurances of the, which is not the case... – Marco13 Sep 2 '15 at 21:45
• The URL is actually what saves the most, I think. I bet it's shorter than what you have with only subbing for question and the URL. – mbomb007 Sep 2 '15 at 21:51
• @Marco13 Take a look at my answer. It uses substituting for a few things and has 52 bytes less than yours :P – HyperNeutrino Sep 3 '15 at 17:56
• @James Smith I'd consider combining both approaches, but likely, the ZIP compression also does a similar "replacement". Maybe I'll try it out later. – Marco13 Sep 3 '15 at 22:29

# Python 2.7 - 843 bytes

Nothing interesting here. Just a base64-encoded gzip of the string. I'm sure there are better ways to encode it, but I couldn't figure out how to put it into a file in a way that python can later read it.

import zlib


## bash, 870 chars

echo "-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----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=g2Th"|gpg -d 2>&0


Message was produced with gpg --store file and some extra stuff was shaved off. Kind of just wanted to see if it could be done.

# Python 2, 826 bytes

print"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".decode('base64').decode('zip')


Try it online!

Very boring, just a zip, base64encoding.

# Windows Batch, 1103 1061 1040 bytes

@echo off
set _=question
set l=](http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/
set e=echo(
%e%The basic idea of a [tag:kolmogorov-complexity] challenge is to print a set output in the shortest code (though that meaning has changed now). We have had many of them, from [Borromean Rings%l%%_%s/53417/ascii-borromean-rings) to [The Gettysburg Address%l%%_%s/15395/how-random-is-the-gettysburg-address).
%e%