# The Challenge

Write a complete program that writes twice as many bytes to standard output as the length of the program.

# Rules

• The program must write ASCII characters to the standard output.

• The contents of the output doesn't matter.

• The output, measured in bytes, must be exactly twice the length of the program, also measured in bytes, unless you fulfill the bonus.

• Any trailing newline is included in the output's byte count.

# Bonus

Your program can optionally take a number, n, as input. If so, the output must be exactly n * program length bytes. You can assume that n will always be a positive integer. If no input is provided, n must default to 2.

If you do this, you can subtract 25 bytes from your score.

Shortest program wins.

# Restrictions

• No standard loopholes.

• The program must be at least 1 byte long.

• No adding unnecessary whitespace to the source code to change its length. Similarly, comments don't count.

• Unless you fulfill the bonus, the program must accept no input. If you do fulfill the bonus, the integer must be the only input.

Lowest score (program length in bytes - bonus) wins.

The shortest answer for each language wins for that language.

Here is a Stack Snippet to generate both a regular leaderboard and an overview of winners by language.

# Language Name, N bytes


where N is the size of your submission. If you improve your score, you can keep old scores in the headline, by striking them through. For instance:

# Ruby, <s>104</s> <s>101</s> 96 bytes


If there you want to include multiple numbers in your header (e.g. because your score is the sum of two files or you want to list interpreter flag penalties separately), make sure that the actual score is the last number in the header:

# Perl, 43 + 2 (-p flag) = 45 bytes


You can also make the language name a link which will then show up in the leaderboard snippet:

# [><>](http://esolangs.org/wiki/Fish), 121 bytes


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body{text-align:left!important}#answer-list,#language-list{padding:10px;width:290px;float:left}table thead{font-weight:700}table td{padding:5px}
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="//cdn.sstatic.net/codegolf/all.css?v=83c949450c8b"> <div id="answer-list"> <h2>Leaderboard</h2> <table class="answer-list"> <thead> <tr><td></td><td>Author</td><td>Language</td><td>Size</td></tr></thead> <tbody id="answers"> </tbody> </table> </div><div id="language-list"> <h2>Winners by Language</h2> <table class="language-list"> <thead> <tr><td>Language</td><td>User</td><td>Score</td></tr></thead> <tbody id="languages"> </tbody> </table> </div><table style="display: none"> <tbody id="answer-template"> <tr><td>{{PLACE}}</td><td>{{NAME}}</td><td>{{LANGUAGE}}</td><td>{{SIZE}}</td><td><a href="{{LINK}}">Link</a></td></tr></tbody> </table> <table style="display: none"> <tbody id="language-template"> <tr><td>{{LANGUAGE}}</td><td>{{NAME}}</td><td>{{SIZE}}</td><td><a href="{{LINK}}">Link</a></td></tr></tbody> </table>

• For the bonus, does the output have to be exactly n * program length bytes, or is that a minimum? – xnor Oct 2 '15 at 23:19
• It has to be exact – Daniel M. Oct 2 '15 at 23:20
• Looks like the code snippet has to be modified to handle negative scores. – El'endia Starman Oct 2 '15 at 23:49
• A bonus of -25 is basically mandatory for some languages, since it lets them achieve a negative score. In the future, I'd suggest using a percent bonus, or just making the bonus the question if you really want answers to go for it. Or, just don't have a bonus. – xnor Oct 2 '15 at 23:58
• For "no input is provided", do we assume the empty string is passed in? I can't see how one would deal with the user never typing in an input and the program just waiting. – xnor Oct 2 '15 at 23:59

# Japt, 1byte

My previous solution-with-bonus was invalid as I missed the requirement that input should default to 2. This is a stop-gap until I have a few minutes to come up with something better.

A


Output: 10

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B-G would also work, outputting 11-16 respectively, as would H (32), I (64) & J (-1).

Slightly less trivial solutions include A³ (1000) and 8³² (262144), among many others.

• If no input is provided, n must default to 2. – Taylor Scott Aug 16 '17 at 21:09
• As Taylor Scott said, the input must default to 2. – Erik the Outgolfer Sep 29 '17 at 19:41
• @EriktheOutgolfer: Ah, missed that (the requirement and Taylor's comment). Will update with a bonusless solution momentarily as a stop-gap 'til I get a few minutes to come up with something else. – Shaggy Sep 29 '17 at 19:53

# Scala, 35 bytes

object X extends App{print("X"*70)}


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# BASH + coreutils, 22 (-25) = -3 bytes

printf %$[${1:-2}*22]d


Pass repeat count as 1st argument. Omit argument to default to 2 repeats.

# SmileBASIC, 24 18-25= -7 bytes

N=2INPUT N?@A*N*9;


In SmileBASIC, labels (@LABEL) are treated as string literals in expressions, so you can make a 2 or more character long string without any quotes. Then it just has to print @A N*9 times to get the correct length.

Without bonus, 6 4 bytes

?1E7


There is a line break after the output, but technically no character is printed to the screen (it is different than if you just printed CHR$(10)) • Where is the default value? – Titus Jan 27 '17 at 4:41 • Alright, Fixed :( – 12Me21 Jan 27 '17 at 13:30 • Could you remove the ; at the end of the first program? I'd argue the linebreak on the console doesn't matter since it doesn't seem to actually write a character to output. – snail_ Apr 20 '18 at 3:51 • The program would then be an odd number of characters long, so you couldn't get an output n* the length by multiplying a string with length 2. – 12Me21 Apr 20 '18 at 11:20 # 05AB1E, 7 - 25 = -18 bytes Saved a byte thanks to Okx. YI7*ð×?  Try it online! Explanation Y # push 2 I # push input 7* # multiply top of stack with 6 (program length) ð× # repeat <space> that many times ? # print top of stack  • Save 1 byte by using YI7*Xs×. There is no need to reverse the stack. – Okx Jan 26 '17 at 9:11 • @Okx: Good catch. Thanks! – Emigna Jan 26 '17 at 9:32 • Your current code will print the correct amount of spaces and then a newline :/ – Okx Jan 26 '17 at 12:29 • @Okx: True. I'm too used to trailing newlines being acceptable. Fixed now :) – Emigna Jan 26 '17 at 12:40 • @Okx: The Y is there to handle empty input (which should default to 2). – Emigna Feb 22 '17 at 19:04 # Java, 90 bytes class T{public static void main(String[]a){for(int i:new int[90])System.out.print("##");}}  # Fission, 7 6 bytes '#ORR"  This is a variation on a standard Fission quine. With two R's it creates two atoms and reads through the program twice. Outputs ''##OORRRR## Try it online! -1 byte thanks to Jo King • Why do you need the _? '#ORR" seems to work fine – Jo King Apr 13 '18 at 8:34 • @Joking It outputs ## at the end instead of "". – KSmarts Apr 16 '18 at 15:31 • And? That’s still twice the bytes. It doesn’t need to be quine-like – Jo King Apr 16 '18 at 21:41 • @JoKing Ah, I didn't re-read the challenge well. Updated. – KSmarts Apr 17 '18 at 13:27 • Or just ORR". – jimmy23013 Apr 17 '18 at 15:03 # Befunge-98, 12 - 25 = -13 bytes j& 6*1-k.@>2  Try it online! Prints the correct amount of 0s, each with a trailing space. ### How It Works: j No effect & Gets input. If no input, reflect >2 If it reflected put two 2s on the stack j Use one of the 2s to jump past the & 6*1- Multiply by 6 (length/2) and subtract 1 because it prints an extra 0 later k.@ Print that many 0s and end the program  # Attache, 11 bytes 10^20|Print  Try it online! # Attache (bonus), 36 - 25 = 11 bytes (Safely[ReadInt][]or 2)*36*$x|Output


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Uh. Both come out to be the same byte count. So there's that.

# Rebol, 24 bytes

copy/part mold system 48


Prints the first 48 characters of the system object.

Also works with the Red language

# Hummus, 20 bytes (non-competitive)

().(rep('xx',20)).()


### Explanation:

().(rep('xx',20)).()   //Empty anonymous function

().                   //Empty parameter declaration
(rep('xx',20))     //Repeat 'xx' 20 times
.()  //Empty value declaration


In contrast, a non-empty, anonymous function would look like this:

(x).(x*x).(2)

(x).          //Defines x as parameter
(x*x)     //Defines the output to be x*x or x²
.(2) //Defines the input of the anonymous function to be 2 (hence the output is 4)


### Alternative, 2 bytes:

!0


This works as well and outputs true but since this was posted multiple times already, I found it to be quite a boring solution.

• You should add the fact that this is non-competitive. Also is the language a stable release or a WIP ? – Muhammad Salman Jun 4 '18 at 19:33
• @MuhammadSalman It's in Beta rn (still missing a lot of standard functions) but it's actually quite stable. – Azeros Jun 4 '18 at 19:36
• Okay. So still a WIP then. I like the language so far (also an interesting choice of languages in which you are building this) – Muhammad Salman Jun 4 '18 at 19:48
• @MuhammadSalman Thanks! Appreciated! But why did you add the "non-competitive"? – Azeros Jun 4 '18 at 19:54
• The challenge precedes the language. – Muhammad Salman Jun 4 '18 at 20:01

# ///, 15 bytes

/o/ttttt/oooooo


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# Z80Golf, 14 bytes - 25 bytes of bonus = 11 anti-matter bytes (-11 classic bytes)

00000000: 3e02 cd03 8006 0eff 10fd 3d20 f876       >.........= .v


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Takes input as a byte value.

    ld a, 2
call $8003 outer: ld b, 14 inner: rst$38
djnz inner
dec a
jr nz, outer
halt


# Python 3, 26 25 Bytes

lambda n=2:print(n*26*'-')


Improved thanks to @JoKing

# Come Here, 39 bytes

CALL"9999999999999"iTELLi i i i i iNEXT


# 8088 machine code, IBM PC DOS, 35 bytes

Unassembled listing:

        _LOOP:
AC          LODSB               ; load byte [SI] into AL, increment SI
8A F0       MOV  DH, AL         ; save original byte in DH
B9 0204     MOV  CX, 0204H      ; set up nibble counter and shift count
D2 C0       ROL  AL, CL         ; reverse nibbles (display high order first)
_NIB:
24 0F       AND  AL, 0FH        ; mask low nibble
3C 0A       CMP  AL, 0AH        ; is < 10?
72 02       JC   _ASC           ; if so, is a numeric digit
04 07       ADD  AL, 07H        ; otherwise adjust for A-F hex ASCII
_ASC:
04 30       ADD  AL, '0'        ; ASCII convert
B4 0E       MOV  AH, 0EH        ; BIOS output char function
CD 10       INT  10H            ; display char
8A C6       MOV  AL, DH         ; restore original nibble to AL
FE CD       DEC  CH             ; decrement nibble counter
75 EC       JNZ  _NIB           ; if > 0, repeat
81 FE 0123  CMP  SI, OFFSET _EF ; is SI < last byte?
7C DE       JL   _LOOP          ; if so, keep looping
_EF EQU \$               ; get program size


This is a complete IBM PC DOS executable that displays itself as ASCII hex, so will always output as twice the program size.

Output

# Husk, 13 bytes - 25 = -12

R'A*13→←↓ΘN←


(Both TIO links use capital xi instead of A because it looks cooler, but since I just realized that output has to be ASCII and xi isn't exactly ASCII although it is one byte in Husk's code page, the "canonical" program here uses A instead.)

I tried to come up with a well-thought-out and enlightening explanation of why Husk's overload resolution for built-ins doesn't support distinguishing type signatures by number of arguments alone, but I couldn't quite get it right and it took long enough just to write the solution. Suffice it to say, it doesn't, so I had to get a bit creative.

The first part functions the same with and without an input:

R           Repeat
'A         capital A (could be any character)
13      (thirteen
*         times
→      (one plus
←      the first element of
whatever expression we get to the right of this))
R           times.


The rest of the program handles the defaulting behavior, by exploiting ↓'s possession of overloads for using either a function or a number to drop a prefix from a list.

Explained with an input:

   N     The infinite list of the natural numbers
Θ      with a zero tacked on to the beginning
↓       with the first
(input
←     minus one)
↓       elements removed.


Without an input:

   N     The infinite list of all natural numbers
Θ      with a zero tacked on to the beginning
↓       without the largest prefix every element of which
←    is not equal to 1.


A version which elects to not take the bonus:

# Husk, 2 bytes

←.


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Husk assumes that, in the absence of any digits on the left of the radix point, a single 0 is meant, and in the absence of any on the right, a single 5 is meant. So, it is possible to write 0.5 as just .. 0.5, as a string, is three bytes long (and so is 1/2, which is what actually gets printed), so to add a byte, subtract 1 for -0.5 (although what we actually print is -1/2).

←     Subtract 1 from
.    0.5.


A longer and sillier no-input version:

# Husk, 3 bytes

ss"


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Prints "\"\"".

s      The string representation of
s     the string representation of
"    the empty string.


A version which must take input, having no valid type if it doesn't take an input, and thus neither does nor doesn't take the bonus, failing to comply with the challenge at all:

# Husk, 4 bytes (invalid but here anyways, would be -21 with bonus)

*s"¨


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Prints n copies of "\"".

 s      The string representation of
"     the string containing
¨    a single "
*       repeated n times.


# Excel Formula, 23 - 25 = -2 bytes

=REPT("A",MAX(A1,2)*23)


However, this doesn't work for A1 (n) = 1(!)

## Version supporting N=1, 28 - 25 = 3 bytes

=REPT("A",(A1=0)*56+(A1*28))


# TinCan, 122 bytes

# 62367, A, &                          #
# -256, A, -1                          #
# 0, A, 1                              #


Outputs 244 'a's.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


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Explanation:

Lines have a minimum length of 40 characters in TinCan, and there is only one instruction, so 40 bytes would be the shortest feasible TinCan program other than an empty file.

TinCan's interpreter is written in PHP and uses the PHP chr function to output the character value of each number on the stack when the program ends. This also works for values outside the range of 0 to 255, using bitwise and with 255 to get the result.

For this program, I multiplied the length of the program (122 bytes) times two, minus one for the positive case, times 256 and added (256 - 97), 97 being the ASCII value of 'a'. This gives 62367.

The loop then generates a sequence of values starting at -62367 and counting upwards by 256 each iteration. Each value in sequence when processed by chr produces another 'a'. When the variable A becomes positive, the program exits and prints 244 'a's.

With the fixed line length, golfing this down would require removing one whole instruction, which I don't believe is possible. But I'd be happy to be proven wrong!

# Aheui (esotope), 87 bytes

삭밦밢따밥다사바바바바바바우a
샥ㅇ뱟ㅇ탸ㅇ뺘소처희ㅇㅇ아멍a


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output is 174 bytes of 0. Aheui program is written in Korean, so one character is 3 bytes, and question said measured in byte, so 174. Trailing a is for making program to proper bytes.

# How does this work?

삭밦밢따밥다 : to stack ㄱ, then put 58. (28 Korean characters. Aheui cannot put 1 to stack, so I'll subtract 2 instead of 1 when counting loop.)

사바바바바바바우 : to stack  (Nothing), put 6 zeros, than move downside.

아멍 : print from current stack till nothing left. if nothing left, move to start of the line.

샥ㅇ뱟ㅇ탸ㅇ뺘소처희 : to stack ㄱ, subtract 2, check if zero, halt if zero, to stack  (Nothing) and move to 사바바바바바바우 again.

a : At first, I thought this code would work just fine, but something went wrong. I used online character counter, and I got 29, so I made code with that. But code was 85 bytes and output was 174 bytes. I found the reason of this error : newline character. So I added 2 bytes to my code, than everything works fine. Aheui don't evaluate non-Korean characters, so a is just blank.

# Befunge-93, 25 - 25 = 0 bytes

&+:0\3*+::%+"CG"*:*:.:*.


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Uses no control flow instructions! This code is implicitly looped n amount of times.

To get the n as input once and not have it interfere with subsequent iterations, we use Befunge-93's feature of returning -1 for input if the input stream is empty. At the start of each iteration, the top of the stack is the loop counter. It starts off at 0 (the default value on the stack). &+ gets a value from input and adds it to the counter. Conveniently, this sets the counter to the received input on the first iteration, and subtracts 1 on every subsequent iteration, creating a for (i = input();; i--) loop. :0\3*+ computes (counter < 0) * 3 and adds it to the counter. This has the effect of adding 3 if the counter is negative (which happens if there was no input and we want to set n to -1+3=2), and otherwise adding 0 (if the input was positive or this is not the first iteration).

::%+ simply calculates counter % counter and discards the result, so as to halt when the counter reaches 0.

At the end, we output two large numbers by repeatedly squaring the product of two ASCII characters. Note that after each outputted number there is a trailing space.

# C (gcc), 35 - 25 = 10 34 - 25 = 9 bytes

-1 byte thanks to PrincePolka

Input is in the form of number of command-line arguments. No arguments counts as no input.

main(i){printf("%*d",34*--i?:68);}


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• main(i){printf("%*d",34*--i?:68);} - 1 byte – PrincePolka Jul 30 '19 at 3:01
• @PrincePolka Cheers! – gastropner Jul 30 '19 at 22:13

()aaaaa:*S


I'm pretty sure this is unimprovable, since I made a python script to test all possible combinations of instructions. However, I did only include the instructions a:*S in it, and made it so it always starts with (), so there could be a crazy solution involving ^ or ~. Also, for those curious, there are actually 5 other valid 10 byte solutions:

()aaaaa:SS
()aa:a*:*S
()aa:a*:SS
()aa:*a:*S
()aa:*a:SS


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• I've checked and there isn't any possible output using ^ or ~. – user85052 Dec 22 '19 at 14:05
• Oh ok, also, I might be able to get rid of the S and just leave the result on the stack to save a byte, but I'm not sure what the meta rules are on leaving stuff on the stack instead of printing – EdgyNerd Dec 22 '19 at 17:19

## Keg, 6 2 bytes

(|A,)


It loops 12 times printing 12 A's to the console, which is double the size of the program. There is a control character (0x0C) between the ( and |, which makes this 6 bytes.

Another shorter version:

A


This prints A plus a newline, which contains 2 characters.

Worth a mention(3 bytes):

5/


TIO

• I don't think you have the byte count correct at the top of your answer. (|A,) is 5 bytes. Is there supposed to be a trailing newline? – mbomb007 Jun 6 '19 at 19:18
• There should be a control character between ( and |, which should be 0x0C. – user85052 Jun 7 '19 at 2:08

# APL (Dyalog Classic), 5 bytes

⎕←1e9


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## Explanation

Not very interesting... but I hope this hasn't been posted before.

   1e9 ⍝ This returns the constant 1000000000
⎕←    ⍝ Move this to the output buffer


# GolfScript, 18 - 25 = -7

.!35 n*{~18*(n*}if


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Prints $$\input * 6 - 1\$$ newlines if there is an input else 35 newlines, plus one trailing newline.

                if           If
.!                           input is empty:
35 n*                      35 newlines
{       }             Else:
~18*(n*              18 * input - 1 newlines
Trailing newline

• My mistake. I thought for the bonus it would always take input. I'll edit to account for that. – Pseudo Nym Dec 9 '19 at 18:09
• It's been fixed. – Pseudo Nym Dec 9 '19 at 18:46

# naz, 2 bytes

4o


Outputs 0000.

Explanation

The default value of the register is 0; if the register's value is between 0 and 9 inclusive, use of the o instruction will output that number as an ASCII character.

# TlanG 3 bytes

.*6

Out: ......

Explainations in the readme on the TlanG github.

# Python 3.4, 14 13 bytes

print("a"*26)

• This is only 13 bytes. Which makes your score 41 (13 + 28). You can lose two points by changing 28 to 26. – Zach Gates Oct 3 '15 at 3:31
• Did you think about say()? – Titus Jan 27 '17 at 6:59

## Pyth, 6 bytes

*4"aaa


Explanation:

*4"aaa
-------+------------
"aaa | Print "aaa"
*4     | 4 times


## Pyth, -7 bytes

*.xvw2*2"aaaaaaaaa


Plain and simple.

*.xvw2*2"aaaaaaaaa
-------------------+----------------------
*2"aaaaaaaaa | Print twice the "a"s
*                  | times
.xvw              | try to evaluate input
2             | otherwise, 2

• For the bonus, if no input is provided, it should default to 2. – Dennis Oct 3 '15 at 17:37
• Yup, just noticed that. Fixed. – clapp Oct 3 '15 at 17:39