In the documentation, two ways are suggested for accessing arguments in an advice: by the name of the argument in the original function and by using special functions. I cannot get the second way to work. Here is my attempt:

(defun my-insert-for-yank(orig-fun &rest args)
  (insert (ad-get-arg 1)))

(advice-add 'insert-for-yank :around #'my-insert-for-yank)

When I run (insert-for-yank "aa bb"), I get a message about ad-get-arg being a void function.

What am I missing?


1 Answer 1


You're reading the doc for Emacs-21's advice (i.e. defadvice) and use it with Emacs-25's advice (i.e. advice-add).

All th ad-* thingies are specific to defadvice. So your example code should be written using "normal" Elisp functionality, such as:

(defun my-insert-for-yank (_orig-fun &rest args)
  (insert (nth 0 args)))


(defun my-insert-for-yank (_orig-fun string)
  (insert string))
  • I want to accept the answer, but for some reason the "V" for doing that does not appear. Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 8:48

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