👨‍💻 about me home CV/Resume 🖊️ Contact Github LinkedIn I’m a Haskeller 📝 Blog Freedom, privacy, tutorials… 🏆 Best of LuaX Calculadoira panda upp Haskell todo pwd TPG Nextcloud Git BitTorrent

Boycott the Football World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
No to pollution and the non-respect for the environment (football in the desert is as fucking stupid as winter olympic games where the snow does not fall).
No to the dictatorship of money and the non-respect of basic human rights.

I implore you to boycott this threat against humanity:
It’s time to stop consuming and polluting for nothing. Earth is burning and there is no planet B (even Elon Musk won’t save you).

I’m so sad to see how stupid you human beings can be.
What about fighting together against the apocalypse that is coming very soon instead of shooting ourselves in the foot like fools?
Hey fucking dude, wake up! Look up!

If you’re ready to make some efforts, you’re welcome to my website. Otherwise there is no hope…

💣 Kick GAFAMs out (✔️ ǝlƃooפ, ✔️ ʞooqǝɔɐℲ, ✔️ uozɐɯ∀): Stop giving our soul and money to evils, be free and respectful!
📰 Friday 2. April 2021: upp is a panda companion. It’s a Lua-scriptable lightweight text preprocessor.
🆕 since December 2020: Playing with the actor model in an embedded multicore context. C imperative components become C stream pure functions with no side effect ➡️ C low level programming with high level pure functional programming properties 🏆
📰 Saturday 30. January 2021: Playing with Pandoc Lua filters in Lua. panda is a lightweight alternative to abp providing a consistent set of Pandoc filters (text substitution, file inclusion, diagrams, scripts, …).
🆕 Sunday 24. May 2020: Working at EasyMile for more than 5 years. Critical real-time software in C, simulation and monitoring in Haskell ➡️ perfect combo! It’s efficient and funny ;-)
🚌 And we are recruiting! Contact if you are interested in Haskell or embedded softwares (or both).


Christophe Delord

26 July 2009


PyLog is a first order logic library including a PROLOG engine in Python.

Please do not hesitate to test it and to report bugs and comments.


Python 2.4 or newer is required!

Any collaboration is welcome ;-)


PyLog is available under the GNU Lesser General Public:

PyLog: A first order logic library in Python

Copyright (C) 2009 Christophe Delord

PyLog is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Simple Parser is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with Simple Parser. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

A first order logic library in Python

PyLog provides a simple way to write logic terms, variables and atoms. Atoms are special objects that can contain any Python objects. All you need is to import PyLog:

>>> from PyLog import *

Logical objects

PyLog can handle terms, variables and atoms.


To instantiate a term, just write it! The functor should be a valid Python object based on Term (provided by PyLog). For example, to create the ‘f’ functor :

>>> class f(Term): pass
>>> my_brand_new_term = f(1,f(2),3)
>>> print my_brand_new_term

You can also add any methods to your terms. Really useful. You can for example build terms and then call some methods of these terms.


A variable is an instance of the Var class. Variables are free and can be associated to another term in a stack:

>>> X = Var()
>>> class f(Term): pass
>>> print "X:", X
X: _1
>>> s0 = Stack()
>>> print "X:", X, "; s0(X):", s0(X)
X: _1 ; s0(X): _1
>>> s1 = s0.unify(X, f(1)).next()
>>> print "X:", X, "; s1(X):", s1(X)
X: _1 ; s1(X): f(1)
>>> Y = Var()
>>> s2 = s1.unify(X, Y).next()
>>> print "Y:", Y, "; s2(Y):", s2(Y)
Y: _2 ; s2(Y): f(1)


Atoms are Python objects. When building a term, any argument that is not a term is considered as an atom.

Logical operations

Once your terms and variables are instantiated PyLog can unify them. To do this, you have to compute the most general unifier of two terms (or variables or atoms). If such a unifier exists you can do the unification. The unification is a new level in the stack. Useful when backtracking.

Example Result of execution
from pylog import *

class f(Term): pass
class g(Term): pass

print "Simple unification"
X = Var('X')
Y = Var('Y')
a = f(X,g(Y,2))
b = f(g(1,2),X)
s0 = Stack()
print "\tBefore unification"
print "\t\ta =", s0(a)
print "\t\tb =", s0(b)
s1 = s0.unify(a, b).next()
print "\tAfter unification"
print "\t\ta =", s1(a)
print "\t\tb =", s1(b)

print "Recursive terms"
A = Var('A')
a = f(A)
s0 = Stack()
print "\tBefore unification"
print "\t\tA =", s0(A)
print "\t\ta =", s0(a)
s1 = s0.unify(a, A).next()
print "\tAfter unification"
print "\t\tA =", s1(A)
print "\t\ta =", s1(a)

Simple unification
    Before unification
        a = f(X,g(Y,2))
        b = f(g(1,2),X)
    After unification
        a = f(g(1,2),g(1,2))
        b = f(g(1,2),g(1,2))
Recursive terms
    Before unification
        A = A
        a = f(A)
    After unification
        A = f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(...)))))))))))
        a = f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(f(...)))))))))))


PyLog provides a simple PROLOG engine. It will translate a PROLOG program into Python. This engine uses the new generator ability of Python 2.4.

PROLOG predicates are Python generators yielding 1 when they succeed. As a side effect they instantiate variables. So the yielded value doesn’t matter. For example, to print all the members of a list:

X = Var()
l = cons(1,cons(2,nil))
for _ in member(X,l)():
    print X

For a complete example, read pylogsrc.py.