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Re: Confusion about elisp symbols and defuns

From: Nicolas Richard
Subject: Re: Confusion about elisp symbols and defuns
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:18:43 +0200
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address@hidden (H. Dieter Wilhelm) writes:

> Hello (),
> Calc checks in calc-var-value if variables are bound.  This works for
> examplwe with the variable symbol `g'
> (calc-var-value 'g)
> nil
> but bombs for the variable `v'
> (calc-var-value 'v)> => error

The error is (void-function v) and that comes from the fact calc-var-value does:
(set v (funcall (symbol-value v)))
It does so after checking (symbolp (symbol-value v)) but does not check
that this symbol indeed has a function definition.

I don't know why calc-var-value does what it does, so I don't know what
the fix is. Perhaps checking for (fboundp (symbol-value v)) would
help a bit (or functionp instead of fboundp).

OTOH, obviously calc-var-value believes that it has the right to change
the value cell of its argument, so I guess calling (calc-var-value 'v)
doesn't actually make sense, and there's no point in fixing
calc-var-value for this specific wrong use of it.

Nicolas Richard

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