On Monday, September 19, 2016 at 6:02:22 AM UTC-7, Paul Leopardi wrote:
> Hello,
> I am trying to use global variables to control the behaviour of Python 
> functions called from Sage. (Yes, I know there is probably a better way to 
> do it, but I am still interested in what's going on here.)
> If in foo.py I have
> def bar():
>     print blah
> def baz():
>     global zilch
>     zilch = 0
> A "global" variable is a "module global" variable. Since you're always 
executing code that is in some module (that's what __main__ is for)

and, in Sage I do:
> sage: from foo import bar
> sage: global blah
> sage: blah = 1
> sage: bar()

If you spell that foo.blah = 1 it should work (perhaps after executing 
"import foo" in order to have the "foo module namespace" bound to the 
toplevel variable "foo")


> sage: from foo import baz
> sage: baz()
> sage: print zilch
print foo.zilch

should work

> Is there a way in Sage that I can assign to a global variable that a 
> called Python function will recognize as a global variable?
> Thanks, Paul

This is just a python thing: you share global data across modules by making 
sure that this data is bound in a namespace to which both modules have 

There is no really "global" namespace in sage. There's "toplevel", but that 
will generally not be the interactive namespace that a sage interface is 
using, given that ipython, jupyter, and sagenb run "above" your sage code.

You can try and hack your way to the "interactive" namespace. The toplevel 
"var" in sage does that for injection. That's generally fragile, though.

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