radiation-hardened-quine

by mame

A robust quine program that works even after any one character is deleted.

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Radiation-hardened Quine

This is a robust self-printing program written in Ruby. It works even if you delete one character anywhere from the code.

How to play

Normal usage

Just run

rquine.rb
and check if the output is equal to the original code:
$ ruby rquine.rb > rquine2.rb
$ diff rquine.rb rquine2.rb

Abnormal usage

Prepare a script that deletes one character randomly:

$ cat mutate.rb
src = ARGF.read
src[rand(src.size), 1] = ""
print src

Generate a broken program by deleting one character from

rquine.rb
:
$ ruby mutate.rb rquine.rb > broken.rb

Run the broken program:

$ ruby broken.rb > rquine2.rb

You will see the output exactly equal to the original code:

$ diff rquine.rb rquine2.rb

History

  • old-rquine.rb
    is the first version based on a trivial redundancy approach (having two copies of the main code).
  • flagitious.rb
    is the smarter version that repairs itself instead of redundancy. It was created by Darren Smith aka. flagitious. Thank you flagitious! (Note that this version only works with 1.8.7.)
  • rquine.rb
    is the latest "ascii-art" version based on flagitious's approach. It works with 1.9 or later.

See also

License

Copyright (c) 2014 Yusuke Endoh (@mametter), @hirekoke

MIT License

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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