Backtraces are incredibly useful for debugging. Be aware though that tail-call elimination may have removed some function calls from the stack.
Make sure you read the error messages carefully.
Often, you'll see a symbol that you know is defined in an error message. Perhaps though, due to incorrect parenthesization, a function is being used as a variable or vice versa:
? (cond (zerop x) (print 'ok) Error: unbound variable ZEROP ? (let ((x 1) (y 2)) (print (x y))) Error: undefined function X
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