What is the "standard" way to store some text obtained from a buffer into a variable?

The only way I could think of was to use something along the lines of (let ((beg (point))) (end-of-line) (copy-region-as-kill beg (point))) and then store it with something like (setq var1 (car kill-ring)).

That feels somehow "hacky" and I was wondering if there is another function to do this, that I overlooked?

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See C-hig (elisp)Buffer Contents

In short, use one of the following:

  • buffer-string
  • buffer-substring
  • buffer-substring-no-properties

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