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Why won't this command kill a buffer?

From: Joe Fineman
Subject: Why won't this command kill a buffer?
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:48:22 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.101 (Gnus v5.10.10) Emacs/22.3 (windows-nt)

I am using Emacs 22.3.1 under Windows XP.  I have used the following
kluge for many years:

(defun marklog ()
  "Insert a backslash into the Log file for the current directory, and into 
Today if it is in /b."
    (let ((dir default-directory)
      (find-file "~/timing/Logmark")
      (write-region 1 2 (concat dir "Log") t 0)
      (if (equal (substring dir 0 15) "c:/usr/own/f/b/")
          (write-region 1 2 "~/b/Today" t 0))

The Logmark file consists of a single backslash.

The command kill-this-buffer does not work, and neither do attempts to
use kill-buffer with an argument.  The buffer hangs around and is
sometimes a nuisance.

And, incidentally, is there any simpler way to tell Emacs to append a
character to a file?
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