I want to find the max element in a list of numbers.

(setq l (list 1 2 3 4 5))

What is an easy way to call the max function on l? So far I have this but this seems convoluted:

(eval `(max ,@l))

It seems like there should be an easier way. No?

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Function apply is what you're looking for:

(apply #'max l)
  • Thats exactly what I am looking for! Thank you.
    – jds
    Nov 28, 2021 at 15:30

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