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Adjusting indenting for lisp if statements

I am learning common lisp and am trying to follow the style guide suggested by lisp-lang.org. In this style guide is an if statement style that I think makes the code more readable: (if (cond) (...
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Find out, which mode is in use

Suppose I want to code something like this case mode in lisp-mode) do-something ;; shell-mode) do-other ;; latex-mode) do-different ;; esac What ...
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Shortening trees list with (setcdr (nthcdr 2 trees) nil)

I am starting to learn elisp and working through this tutorial https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/eintr/kill_002dnew-function.html and I do not understand this basic example: (setq ...
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How to properly use emacs and slime to program in Common Lisp

I'm brand-spanking new to LISP. I'm trying to get started with it, and I installed Steel Bank Common Lisp as well as SLIME so I can program in emacs. As far as I know, Slime simply provides an ...
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How to pop an arbitrary element from a list?

Q: how do I pop an arbitrary element from a list? Given the list '(a b c d e), pop returns a and destructively modifies the list to '(b c d e). How can I generalize this function so I could pop an ...
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how to specify an Cyclic list in lisp?

How to specify a list, which's last element is referring to the first element? By specify I mean, for example, how to write a setq statement with this list. I have seen this in the documentation, ...
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When/why should I use progn?

I have seen progn being used quite a lot as I browse the configuration files of experienced Emacs users. I found this nice explanation of progn, but what I am really curious about is, what is the ...