Fix for datetime conversion to integer and back to string; was 1 hour off

Robin Munn rmunn at
Wed Apr 30 20:08:58 CEST 2003

La Uruguaya <lacuidadanadelmundo at> wrote:
> I searched this group for a solution to a problem I had converting
> dates from a string format to integer (in seconds since 1970) and back
> to strings.  During some times of the year, the conversion didn't do
> a perfect round trip and I ended up with a datetime that differed from
> the original datetime by one hour.  I found 2 postings with variations
> on the problem, but not a solution.  I implemented the following
> solution and wanted to share it in case somebody needs it later.
[snip code and test]

Interesting: "During some times of the year ...", "... differed from the
original datetime by one hour." Sounds to me like you're running into
daylight savings time issues.

Yes, looking at your code confirms it: you're subtracting the value of
the last element of the tuple (the DST flag, which is 1 if daylight
savings time is in effect) from the third element (the hours).

Did you figure this out from looking at the docs for the time module, or
did you do it by trial and error? Also, it would have been nice if you
had explained more clearly that daylight savings time issues were the
root of your problem; at first glance, your code looked like a "magic"
solution to a strange kind of problem.

Robin Munn <rmunn at>
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