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Default Rules: Code Golf I/O

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What input/output methods do you think should be allowed/disallowed while code golfing on this site? What guidelines for input/output methods do you think should be in place?

One method per answer, please. Vote up/down according to if you believe the given method should be allowed.

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Programs may output via exit code

Exit codes are to programs what return values are to functions, so it makes sense that exit codes would be allowed.

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Lundin‭ wrote almost 3 years ago

I disagree, this isn't necessarily printed anywhere meaningful. I think each challenge needs to explicitly specify that this is are allowed, or it shouldn't be allowed.

H_H‭ wrote 10 months ago · edited 10 months ago

Real world programs like grep also use it, there is even a flag for grep, -q, where all other output is suppressed and the exit code is the only meaningful output. There are even programs where the whole purpose is to exit with a specific value, such as true and false

So this should absolutely be allowed.