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Recovering an overwritten Sage built-in name

asked 2015-06-19 18:19:49 -0500

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In Python 2.7, if you accidentally overwrite a builtin name (eg max, str, int, ...), you can recover it by calling the __builtins__ module :

>>> max(2020, 42)
2020
>>> max=2038
>>> max(2020, 42)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: 'int' object is not callable
>>> max=__builtins__.max
>>> max(2020, 42)
2020
>>>

What is the equivalent for Sage built-in names (there are about 2000 so accident can occur) ? For instance, imagine I overwrite the complex number I :

sage: I=42

How can I recover it ?

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answered 2015-06-20 02:50:23 -0500

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This previous response gives a clue : the reset function. Passing the variables as a string argument, the reset function allows to selectively restore some Sage global variables in their initial state. Example :

sage: max(2000,2038)
2038
sage: max=42
sage: max(2000,2038)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
TypeError                                 Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-3-1c36721a9cff> in <module>()
----> 1 max(Integer(2000),Integer(2038))

TypeError: 'sage.rings.integer.Integer' object is not callable
sage: I=42
sage: reset("max I")
sage: I*I
-1
sage: max(2000,2038)
2038
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answered 2015-06-20 01:22:18 -0500

The answer depends. Constants have the path sage.symbolic.constants. Global functions like max are available under sage.all---however max is really max_symbolic, it only prints as max. In doubt, the source is your friend.

sage: sage.all.max_symbolic
max
sage: max=1234
sage: max=sage.all.max_symbolic
sage: max(7,8)
8

sage: I=1
sage: I=sage.symbolic.constants.I
sage: I^2
-1
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