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Re: Using setq to obtain a symbol from a list, so that I can assign a f


From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Using setq to obtain a symbol from a list, so that I can assign a function to it
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:06:22 -0400
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Timothy Hobbs <address@hidden> wrote:

> Pascal Bourguignon <address@hidden> writes:
> > but it's probably better to but these function in a hash-table than in
> > the value slots of the symbols.
> I am curious, why would this be better?  I find that when an elisp program 
> defines functions outside of the standard lisp symbols reading and modifying 
> them becomes difficult or impossible.  In the simplest scenario, simply 
> finding out how functionality is implemented, I cannot use C-h f to jump to 
> the doc string and ultimately, through that handy little hyperlink, source 
> code.  In a more involved case, I cannot advise, or redefine the function.

Most of these things are unlikely to be done for dynamically-generated 
functions that are internal to an application like this.  There's no 
source code for that "handy little hyperlink" to point to, because the 
function was created on the fly.

-- 
Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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