# How to save a list to a file, with sage objects in it?

Hi, I am trying to save intermediate step of my calculation into a file, so that next time I can read the file to resume the calculation. Say, I need to save

```
f = function('a',var('t'))
s = [f] # together with other things in the list
```

How to save s to a file?

I tried two ways:

(1) Standard python module pickle cannot save sage objects, thus fails

(2) I converted s to a python object:

```
s = Sequence([f])
```

Now I can use s.save('file_name'). However, there is a bug that I cannot load using load('file_name')

RuntimeError: unknown function 'a' in archive

It is a known bug: http://trac.sagemath.org/sage_trac/ti... .

Unfortunately I am not expert enough to fix that bug, and I really want to get my work done before waiting for the fix. Is there any other way to save the list s currently?

In the bug report it is mentioned that an older version of Pynac doesn't have this bug. If there is no other work around, is it possible to downgrade Pynac within sage or I have to downgrade the whole sage?

Thanks!

I don't think it's the fact that `s` is a list, it's that it contains the function `f`. If you had "s = [sin(x), 12, 'hello']", you could do "save(s, 'file_name')" and then "load('file_name.sobj')" works fine.

Hi, John: thanks a lot for your reply! I agree with you. But my actual goal is really want to save a list with a lot of functions like f. In my project, I start from an abstract form of a differential equation, and simplify it to a simpler form (here I want to save my work because the former step is slow, and I want to use it when I start Sage next time), and solve the differential equation with different additional conditions. It's a differential equation thus I have to define a general function instead of put a "sin(x)" in the list.