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Emacs internals + lisp guru question (with an error corrected)

From: gnuist006
Subject: Emacs internals + lisp guru question (with an error corrected)
Date: 28 Sep 2002 23:35:11 -0700

There are some functions that take a string as argument.
Text can be read from the buffer as a string.
There are other functions that take a "symbol" as an argument.
A string can be converted to a symbol.
However, when symbol is provided to the function by converting a string
 it is not working.

For example:

(describe-function quoted-SYMBOL) works 
    eg (describe-function 'describe-function)
(make-symbol "describe-function") works


(describe-function (make-symbol "describe-function")) is not working.

Is there a way to fix it?

How can we get the code of describe-function?

What is the meaning of the gibberish from
(insert (format "%s" (symbol-function 'describe-function) ))

What is out there to learn more about emacs/emacs_lisp and become more

Many thanks to the gurus and novices for their very kind contributions.

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