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Questions tagged [functions]

use this tag for Elisp `functions` for their usage, definitions, re-definitions, defining aliases, and other standard features of function execution fundamental to Lisp programming languages. Add additional Elisp tags when the functions are about specific Emacs features.

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How to save all modified buffers and kill emacs

I use the well known key-binding C-x C-c to quit emacs. However this command asks y/n confirmation to save modified buffers and if there are process buffers (eg. Shell) it also asks for yes/no ...
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Disable minor modes like flycheck-mode and flymake-mode by default

I disable the following the modes in init.el ;;flycheck-mode ;;flymake-mode ...
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trying to make a self-modifying function [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a function that returns a list of perfect numbers: A perfect number is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors For instance, 28 is perfect ...
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Can a symbol have a function, variable, and class?

Q: can one symbol refer to a function, a variable, and a class? Elisp is a Lisp-2 in which a symbol can have separate function and variable values. So, for example, I can define the following ...
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How to create a function with a computed name?

Let's suppose I have a string "foo" and want to create a function that would be an equivalent of (defun foo (...) ...). Is there a nice way to do it? I played with make-symbol and fset, but could ...
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When to sharp-quote a lambda expression?

Q: When, if ever, is it useful to sharp-quote a lambda, and when, if ever, must we not sharp-quote a lambda? People use lambdas in three ways: plain: (lambda (x) x) quoted: '(lambda (x) x) sharp-...
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Custom search function for dictionary lookup

I have a plain text dictionary in which each headword is matched by ^# \(† \)?headword, How can I make a custom search function that relieves me of typing the whole regex every time I want to look ...
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What is identity doing? [closed]

I've seen this sort of thing a few times: (mapconcat 'identity '("" "home" "alex " "elisp" "erc") "/") => "/home/alex /elisp/erc" which means mapconcatwants a function in the second position, ...
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When should sharp quotes be used?

I see sharp quotes being used in other people's eLisp code, and I use them myself, but I'm not completely clear on when they are appropriate and when not. Could anyone clarify on exactly when it's ...
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Why use `defsubst` in `man.el`?

I recently noticed an issue in man.el, in which sections in Man--sections are listed backwards. That is, the value is is something like: (#("SEE ALSO" 0 8 (face Man-overstrike)) #("COPYRIGHT" 0 9 ...
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Understanding “It is bound to …” message in describe-function

If you ask for a function description, there is a line that starts: It is bound to <...> <...> <...> For example, for isearch it says: It is bound to <menu-bar> <search&...
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How to delete a function?

For what I do I tend to define a lot of functions that I use temporarily. Life span is usually about 1-2 weeks - and then I define a new set of functions. I was not able to find where these ...
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defun in defun is not local?

I am reading SICP to learn Lisp, the book uses Scheme dialect. I want accommodate it to emacs lisp, I find something weird in 3.1.1 and cannot figure it out, say I have a test.el file: (defun make-...
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Problem with file-exists-p function on Linux running as VirtualBox guest

Until this morning, my emacs setup (running on Arch Linux as a VirtualBox guest) was working absolutely fine. Then for no obvious reason I started experiencing the following issue: If I opened an ...
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How can I get git-gutter:next-hunk to NOT loop around at buffer bottom?

As per the title, I would like to stop processing at the end of a buffer and not loop around to the top. I find it easier to keep track of what I am doing that way. TIA.
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Why can't I bind my function to a key or call it with M-x?

I wrote a function, and I want to call it via M-x, and bind it to a key. This is my function: (defun my-function () (message "This is a great function")) If I try to call it with M-x my-function,...
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Apply of a logic function over a list

I'm trying to apply a logic function over a list, but: e.g.(apply 'and some_list) give me Invalid function: and. There is a way to apply a logical function to a list?
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Does `car` on an non-lazy function generated list evals the whole list?

I want to get in a huge directory the first file which satisfies some condition, something like (require 'seq) (require 'f) (defun lazy-filter-file (pred path) (car (seq-filter pred (f--files path ...
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Elisp - Activate and Deactivate Linum-Mode when Goto-Line is Triggered

I switched to Emacs from Vim and because of Vims functionality of giving keys a prefix, (for example to jump up several lines etc.) i installed relative-linum-mode right away. Now i found out about ...
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Define a function alias within a let binding?

How can I define an alias within a script with let-binding? I tried (let (b-s) (defalias 'b-s 'buffer-string)) But it doesn't work. I figured out to let-bind the variable where aliases as stored ...
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how to correctly pass around function as parameters?

I have a working snippet that advices both kill-buffer and kill-this-buffer to not kill the scratch buffer: (defun ninrod/scratch-bodyguard (buffer-assassin &rest arguments) (let ((buffer-...
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Calling locally defined function via function parameter

Interface, by example: (my-run-command '(my-append (3 6 8) (4 5))) Desired output: (3 6 8 4 5) Implementation, with bits missing: (defun my-run-command (command) (let ((my-append 'append)) [...
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use a function to get file in compilation-error-regexp-alist

I have used compilation-error-regexp-alist a lot so I am familiar with the syntax. However for this particular error I need to use a function to get the file because I need wildcards. Here is the ...
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How to get Emacs to know that a symbol has a function definition

While reading the source file prelude-ivy.el in the Prelude modules directory, I saw that there was a warning associated with "here" in the last line, specifically that prelude-required-packages was ...
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Hook with quoted lambda as an argument

I been reading a blog post from Chris Wanstrath from 2010 where he write about coffee-mode. He proposed there this functions hook: (defun coffee-custom () "coffee-mode-hook" ;; Emacs key binding ...
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Call emacs function from terminal and obtain the same behaviour

I have this simple function that opens an external shell (st) in the same directory of the current buffer: (defun external-shell-in-dir () (interactive) (start-process "st" nil "st")) However, ...
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`ibuffer-switch-to-saved-filter-groups' is not known to be defined

I have this line in my .emacs file. (add-hook 'ibuffer-mode-hook #'(lambda () (ibuffer-switch-to-saved-filter-groups "default"))) The settings work fine for me. But flycheck ...
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How to run an executable from within emacs on windows

I have a program, say myprogram.exe, and I want to run it from within Emacs by using a key binding. I can run the program in the shell, but don't know how to write a function that calls this function ...
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Get a list of functions evaluated

I am trying to track down a weird bug in my emacs configuration - the cursor, occasionally, jumps to a random location when I am scrolling using the arrow keys, in cc-mode. I don't see any accidental ...
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What is confusing about upcase-region?

Using upcase-region gives the message about it being disabled because new users find it confusing; but it seems very straightforward—replace every character with its upper-case version, if there is ...
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Deleting duplicates in an org-table column

I wanted to preserve the first row value while deleting all subsequent repeated values in the sequence column ($5) as in the MWE below: | ID | M | D | P | sequence | item | |----+---+---+--...
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evil quit-window and evil-record-macro integration

I am trying to replicate emacs standard behavior when it comes to 'q', i.e. when in a buffer where insert mode does not make sense 'q' closes it. So I defined the following function (defun evil-new-...
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Using result of an Elisp function as input to replace-regexp in interactive mode

I am using replace-regexp interactively. Can I programmatically refer to a match or otherwise interpolate values in the replacement string? In Ruby, for example, it is easily done, by using the #{ <...
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How to sort bash functions alphabetically?

My boss is a bit of a neat freak. He wants the functions in my functions.sh be ordered alphabetically. foo() { echo foo } baa() { echo baa } So baa should appear first in the file. Can emacs ...
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is there a function that can partially apply arguments on a function with order?

apply-partially cannot specify the order. Is there one from the default emacs installation that can specify order?
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How to define a bundle of variable-and-function pairs?

I want to define a bundle of variable-and-function pairs, e.g.: vl/path-doc points to my often used path, and vl/open-path-doc is used for open it in dired-mode. I tried this piece of code: (setq ...
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Defining a function that takes as an input the current buffer's path

I am hoping to define an interactive function that I can invoke with M-x <function-name> and that will: Automatically grab the path to the file Run the following code on it: (require 'tramp) ...
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Should the sharp quote should be used for the first argument of advice-add?

... when a symbol referencing a function is actually used? Documentation states: Like ‘add-function’ but for the function named SYMBOL. Contrary to ‘add-function’, this will properly handle the ...
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Key binding to a sequence of commands

I'm trying to define a key binding that executes a sequence of commands. I add this code to my ~/.emacs file (require 'origami) (defun open-close-node () "Open/Close node origami mode" (...
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elisp search functions

I'm trying to debug a piece of elisp that is in an orgmode template I'd like to use. (link here) The problem is occurring in the source block that is supposed define the cite links. (org-add-link-...
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Custom functions in emacs?

I'm finding I run C-x C-f and then: /ssh:$user@$host|sudo:$host:/ Where $host is a device IP. I'm relatively new to emacs, I want to create a custom function that accepts values for $host and $user....
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Read-string does not always return a value

I have written a small function to search MDN docs and display them on the browser. However, sometimes the function does not work and an empty query is made. My code is as follows: (defun search-...
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keybinding to switch to specific application

I'm running Emacs in a GUI, and I like having a keybinding that quickly switches me to a terminal. Yes, I know there's eshell, term, and shell in Emacs, but I still prefer a dedicated terminal ...
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How to evaluate a defun with square brackets in column 0 of its docstring?

I have problems running eval-defun for a defun when there is a square bracket [ in column 0 of its doc string. For example: (defun test () "Test function. [Some text]" (message "Hello")) When I ...
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Keybinding for buffer word count

The following in my .emacs file does not produced the desired result of showing me the word count for the current buffer (it "does nothing"): (global-set-key (kbd "<f9>") (kbd "C-u M-=")) Is ...
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Function for compressing a number range

I'm working with TeX-Files which are converted from other formats. One thing that pops up in these are vertical lines in tables like the following: \cline{1-1}\cline{2-2}...\cline{n-n} This can be ...
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What is the difference between a function and a command?

When posting questions and answers here, people sometimes use the terms "function" and "command" interchangeably. In other cases, people only use one of the two terms to discuss specific pieces of ...
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Moving cursor to the middle of the line where it currently is

Is there a way to define a function that, when called, would move the cursor to the middle (or close to the middle) of the current line, similarly to how we can move it to the beginning and end of the ...
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Automatically break long function signatures, calls, etc

void parse(std::vector<float>& io_vertices, std::vector<unsigned>& io_indices) {} Oftentimes when we code we need to break lines repeatedly as new expressions and statements enter ...
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Emacs Lisp Error when called as command but works well when called as function

https://github.com/Cheatinikle/Spacemacs-settings/blob/master/emacs-package/preetest-mode.el This is my full source code, and 'just-utils package is also included in the repository. The problem is, ...