Have been playing for some time with buffers. With this code I can make a new buffer called Corona and insert some text in it. Now I would like to pass the buffer name to bufr-message rather than having it hardwired to use corona-bufr. Together with a function that appends text to an existing buffer. Would it be better to have a single function that writes to a specific buffer and if the buffer does not exist, it is made?

(defvar coronas-bufr "*Corona*")

(defun bufr-message (message)
   "Inserts formatted string into the dedicated buffer."

       (get-buffer-create corona-bufr)
     (insert message)) )

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get-buffer-create can take a string as the buffer name, thus you can pass the buffer name to the function.

get-buffer-create is a built-in function in ‘C source code’.

(get-buffer-create BUFFER-OR-NAME &optional INHIBIT-BUFFER-HOOKS)

Return the buffer specified by BUFFER-OR-NAME, creating a new one if needed. If BUFFER-OR-NAME is a string and a live buffer with that name exists, return that buffer. If no such buffer exists, create a new buffer with that name and return it.

(defun bufr-message (bufname message)
   "Inserts formatted string MESSAGE into the dedicated buffer named BUFNAME."

     (get-buffer-create bufname)
     (insert message)))

I don't know wether there is a built-in function that inserts text to a buffer (and creates the buffer if it does not exist), but I think you can write one if you like. :)

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