locale settings and date parsing under windows

AlienBaby matt.j.warren at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 11:59:28 CET 2011

On Feb 3, 10:22 am, AlienBaby <matt.j.war... at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm attempting to convert some date-time strings from a text file
> under windows into a datetime object as returned by strptime()
> However, the strings can represent dates in various formats based on
> the country of origin, for example shortened month names etc.. are
> different between countries.
> I am trying to set the correct locale for strptime to work, but I'm
> having a lot of trouble doing this under windows.
> IE, wher the date is in the Danish Language,
> import locale
> locale.setlocale('LC_ALL',locale.normalize('da_DK'))
> gives
> locale.Error: unsupported locale string.
> I have tried various ways but always hit the same error.
> I understand setting LC_ALL may not be what I require, I was first
> looking to simply get the locale setting correctly before I started
> changing only the date-time specific elements.
> Any help or pointers much appreciated. Current searching around is
> revealing a fair amount of confusion..!
> Thanks,
> Matt.

As often happens, writing that out and the working through a bit more,
I resolved my own question.

It ended up being a simple matter of translating from posix codes to
windows codes, so 'fr_FR' becomes 'French_France'...



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