Well, if you use emacs long enough, eventually you realize that you have tens of thousands of lines of elisp lying around. I’m making a modest effort to dig myself out of this mess and what useful tidbits there are I will share with the world. Here is a very basic module that helps you get yourself in a predicament similar to my own.
;;; ;; elisp-ext.el ;; ;; Utilities for writing and debugging Emacs lisp. The ;; interactive functions are: ;; ;; elisp:goto-definition - Jumps to the source for a ;; defun, defvar, etc. ;; ;; elisp:edebug-at-point - Enable edebug for the symbol ;; nearest the cursor. ;; ;; When this is loaded, the sequence C-c C-g is bound to ;; elisp:goto-definition and C-c C-d is bound to ;; elisp:edebug-at-point in ielm and elisp-mode. ;; ;; by Dan McKinley, 2008 ;; http://mcfunley.com ;; ;; This program is free software: you can redistribute it ;; and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public ;; License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either ;; version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. ;; ;; This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, ;; but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of ;; MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the ;; GNU General Public License for more details. ;; ;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License ;; along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>. ;; (eval-when-compile (require 'cl)) (defun* elisp:read-symbol (default &optional (prompt "Symbol") (test 'intern-soft)) (let (val) (setq val (completing-read (if default (format "%s (default %s): " prompt default) (concat prompt ": ")) obarray test t nil nil (and default (symbol-name default)))) (if (equal val "") sym (intern val)))) (defun elisp:goto-definition (sym) "Extends find-func.el to find any symbol (defaulting to the one at point)." (interactive (list (elisp:read-symbol (symbol-at-point)))) (cond ((fboundp sym) (find-function sym)) ((facep sym) (find-face-definition sym)) (t (find-variable sym)))) (defun elisp:edebug-function (fun) "Enables edebug on a function given its symbol. This necessarily leaves the file containing `fun' open, since edebug will not open files on its own." (when (subrp fun) (error "Can't edebug a C function, sorry.")) (save-excursion (let ((library (symbol-file fun nil))) (destructuring-bind (buf . pos) (find-function-search-for-symbol fun nil library) (set-buffer buf) (goto-char pos) (forward-sexp) (edebug-eval-top-level-form)))) fun) (defun elisp:edebug-at-point (fun) "Enables edebug on a function, defaulting to the `function-called-at-point'." (interactive (list (elisp:read-symbol (function-called-at-point) "Debug function" 'fboundp))) (message "Enabled debugging on %s." (elisp:edebug-function fun))) (defun elisp:local-keys () (local-set-key "\C-c\C-g" 'elisp:goto-definition) (local-set-key "\C-c\C-d" 'elisp:edebug-at-point)) (add-hook 'emacs-lisp-mode-hook 'elisp:local-keys) (add-hook 'ielm-mode-hook 'elisp:local-keys) (provide 'elisp-ext)