Subject: Re: figuring out # of args
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/10/06
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "Paul Tarvydas" <>
| I don't know how to do such exploration in modern c-lisp
| (specifically Xanalys).  I've hit a number of occassions where, due
| to apparent lack of documentation, I wanted to explore to see if a
| function to do what I wanted already existed (esp. CAPI stuff).
| Sometimes I stumbled on a function with a suggestive name, but
| couldn't figure out how many args it needed.

  I would expect to find a function with a suggestive name like
  "arglist" or somesuch that returns helpful information on the
  argument list.

| Am I missing something?  Are there tricks that I haven't thought of?
| Or, does the compiled nature of lisp prevent me from actually
| digging that deeply?

  That probably depends on how quick you are to understand disassembly.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.