strptime performance

John Roth newsgroups at
Tue Nov 4 01:10:17 CET 2003

"George Trojan" <george.trojan at> wrote in message
news:bo6oaf$vfq$1 at
> Is time.strptime() intrinsically slow and should be avoided whenever
> possible? I have the following code in my application:

According to the "what's new in Python" for 2.3, the strptime
implementation was switched from a lightweight wrapper
around the frequently buggy and incompatible C library
to a portable pure Python implementation.

Yes, it's going to be a lot slower.

John Roth

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