Loading and saving sessions and listing all variables¶
EXAMPLES:
We reset the current session, then define a rational number 2/3
, and
verify that it is listed as a newly defined variable:
sage: reset()
sage: w = 2/3; w
2/3
sage: show_identifiers()
['w']
We next save this session. We are using a file in SAGE_TMP
. We do this
for testing only — please do not do this, when you want to save your
session permanently, since SAGE_TMP
will be removed when leaving Sage!
sage: save_session(os.path.join(SAGE_TMP, 'session'))
This saves a dictionary with w
as one of the keys:
sage: z = load(os.path.join(SAGE_TMP, 'session'))
sage: list(z)
['w']
sage: z['w']
2/3
Next we reset the session, verify this, and load the session back.:
sage: reset()
sage: show_identifiers()
[]
sage: load_session(os.path.join(SAGE_TMP, 'session'))
Indeed w
is now defined again.:
sage: show_identifiers()
['w']
sage: w
2/3
It is not needed to clean up the file created in the above code, since it
resides in the directory SAGE_TMP
.
AUTHOR:
 William Stein

sage.misc.session.
init
(state=None)¶ Initialize some dictionaries needed by the
show_identifiers()
,save_session()
, andload_session()
functions.INPUT:
state
– a dictionary orNone
; ifNone
thelocals()
of the caller is used.
EXAMPLES:
sage: reset() sage: w = 10 sage: show_identifiers() ['w']
When we call
init()
below it reinitializes the internal table, so thew
we just defined doesn’t count as a new identifier:sage: sage.misc.session.init() sage: show_identifiers() []

sage.misc.session.
load_session
(name='sage_session', verbose=False)¶ Load a saved session.
This merges in all variables from a previously saved session. It does not clear out the variables in the current sessions, unless they are overwritten. You can thus merge multiple sessions, and don’t necessarily loose all your current work when you use this command.
Note
In the Sage notebook the session name is searched for both in the current working cell and the
DATA
directory.EXAMPLES:
sage: a = 5 sage: f = lambda x: x^2
For testing, we use a temporary file, that will be removed as soon as Sage is left. Of course, for permanently saving your session, you should choose a permanent file.
sage: tmp_f = tmp_filename() sage: save_session(tmp_f) sage: del a; del f sage: load_session(tmp_f) sage: print(a) 5
Note that
f
does not come back, since it is a function, hence couldn’t be saved:sage: print(f) Traceback (most recent call last): ... NameError: name 'f' is not defined

sage.misc.session.
save_session
(name='sage_session', verbose=False)¶ Save all variables that can be saved to the given filename. The variables will be saved to a dictionary, which can be loaded using
load(name)
orload_session()
.Note
Function and anything else that can’t be pickled is not saved. This failure is silent unless you set
verbose=True
.In the Sage notebook the session is saved both to the current working cell and to the
DATA
directory.One can still make sessions that can’t be reloaded. E.g., define a class with:
class Foo: pass
and make an instance with:
f = Foo()
Then
save_session()
followed byquit
andload_session()
fails. I doubt there is any good way to deal with this. Fortunately, one can simply reevaluate the code to defineFoo
, and suddenlyload_session()
works fine.INPUT:
name
– string (default: ‘sage_session’) name ofsobj
to save the session to.verbose
– bool (default:False
) ifTrue
, print info about why certain variables can’t be saved.
OUTPUT:
 Creates a file and returns silently.
EXAMPLES:
For testing, we use a temporary file that will be removed as soon as Sage is left. Of course, for permanently saving your session, you should choose a permanent file.
sage: a = 5 sage: tmp_f = tmp_filename() sage: save_session(tmp_f) sage: del a sage: load_session(tmp_f) sage: print(a) 5
We illustrate what happens when one of the variables is a function:
sage: f = lambda x : x^2 sage: save_session(tmp_f) sage: save_session(tmp_f, verbose=True) Saving... Not saving f: f is a function, method, class or type ...
Something similar happens for cythondefined functions:
sage: g = cython_lambda('double x', 'x*x + 1.5') sage: save_session(tmp_f, verbose=True) Saving... Not saving g: g is a function, method, class or type ...

sage.misc.session.
show_identifiers
(hidden=False)¶ Returns a list of all variable names that have been defined during this session. By default, this returns only those identifiers that don’t start with an underscore.
INPUT:
hidden
– bool (Default:False
); IfTrue
, also return identifiers that start with an underscore.
OUTPUT:
A list of variable names
EXAMPLES:
We reset the state of all variables, and see that none are defined:
sage: reset() sage: show_identifiers() []
We then define two variables, one which overwrites the default factor function; both are shown by
show_identifiers()
:sage: a = 10 sage: factor = 20 sage: show_identifiers() ['a', 'factor']
To get the actual value of a variable from the list, use the
globals()
function.:sage: globals()['factor'] 20
By default
show_identifiers()
only returns variables that don’t start with an underscore. There is an option hidden that allows one to list those as well:sage: _hello = 10 sage: show_identifiers() ['a', 'factor'] sage: '_hello' in show_identifiers(hidden=True) True
Many of the hidden variables are part of the IPython command history, at least in command line mode.:
sage: show_identifiers(hidden=True) # random output ['__', '_i', '_6', '_4', '_3', '_1', '_ii', '__doc__', '__builtins__', '___', '_9', '__name__', '_', 'a', '_i12', '_i14', 'factor', '__file__', '_hello', '_i13', '_i11', '_i10', '_i15', '_i5', '_13', '_10', '_iii', '_i9', '_i8', '_i7', '_i6', '_i4', '_i3', '_i2', '_i1', '_init_cmdline', '_14']