I sometimes want to bypass the advice I have defined on some function. Something like:

(call-without-advice #'fn ...)
  • I don’t think it’s possible, but just for clarity what are the circumstances in which you want to call the original function only?
    – db48x
    Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 0:32
  • emacs.stackexchange.com/tags/elisp/info
    – Drew
    Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 14:29
  • Temporarily remove it, after saving it, then restore it. This page and the code it describes might help a bit.
    – Drew
    Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 14:31

2 Answers 2


I can't find a public interface for that. In Emacs 25.5 and Emacs 27.1 and presumably every version in between (I haven't checked older or more recent versions), for new-style advice (define-advice, advice-xxx from nadvice.el), you can use

(advice--cd*r (symbol-function #'fn))

For old-style advice (defadvice, ad-xxx from advice.el):

(ad-get-orig-definition #'fn)

I've thought about this before, and there's a less-than-perfect solution:
you need to store the original definition before any advice-adding.

(defun f ()
  (insert "233\n"))

(setq f.backup (symbol-function 'f))

(advice-add 'f :around
            (lambda (fobj &rest args)
              (insert (format "eq?: %s\n"
                              (eq f.backup fobj)))
              (apply fobj args)))

It is also convenient to store the definition in symbol-plist.

(advice-add 'advice-add :before
            (lambda (symbol &rest _)
              (unless (get symbol :shynur/original-definition)
                (put symbol :shynur/original-definition
                     (symbol-function symbol)))))

(defun call-without-advice (symbol &rest arguments)
  (apply (or (get symbol :shynur/original-definition)

looks much better now.

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