Getting current time zone in Python in tzinfo format not implemented

John Nagle nagle at animats.com
Sun Nov 28 19:40:14 CET 2010


    Getting the local time zone in Python is rather difficult.

As of 2008, two articles indicate that the current mechanisms
totally suck:

"Python and time zones part 2: The beast returns!":
http://regebro.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/python-and-time-zones-part-2-the-beast-returns/

"Time zones in Python – welcome to hell":
http://blog.mfabrik.com/2008/06/30/relativity-of-time-shortcomings-in-python-datetime-and-workaround/

(Despite that article, there is a straightforward way to get that
information in Windows: "GetDynamicTimeZoneInformation".)

Did something useful ever get done about that?  This
ought to be in the "time" module for each platform.

				John Nagle



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