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Re: Emacs internals + lisp guru question

From: Tim Josling
Subject: Re: Emacs internals + lisp guru question
Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 17:50:07 +1000

gnuist006 wrote:
> There are some functions that take a list as argument.
> Text can be read from the buffer as a string.
> There are some 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
> (make-symbol "describe-function") works
> but
> (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
> sophisticated?
> Many thanks to the gurus and novices for their very kind contributions.

There are manuals for emacs and for emacs lisp all over the net. You can
download them or read them online. Any linux CD would also have the source and

If you do c-h a ,<then enter describe-function>, and then click on help in the
other buffer it will show you the source for describe-function and the rest of
the help module.

Tim Josling

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