Using mktime to convert date to seconds since epoch - omitting elements from the tuple?
victorhooi at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 09:01:05 CET 2013
I'm using pysvn to checkout a specific revision based on date - pysvn will only accept a date in terms of seconds since the epoch.
I'm attempting to use time.mktime() to convert a date (e.g. "2012-02-01) to seconds since epoch.
According to the docs, mktime expects a 9-element tuple.
My question is, how should I omit elements from this tuple? And what is the expected behaviour when I do that?
For example, (zero-index), element 6 is the day of the week, and element 7 is the day in the year, out of 366 - if I specify the earlier elements, then I shouldn't really need to specify these.
However, the docs don't seem to talk much about this.
I just tried testing putting garbage numbers for element 6 and 7, whilst specifying the earlier elements:
> time.mktime((2012, 5, 5, 23, 59, 59, 23424234, 5234234 ,0 ))
It seems to have no effect what numbers I set 6 and 7 to - is that because the earlier elements are set?
How should I properly omit them? Is this all documented somewhere? What is the minimum I need to specify? And what happens to the fields I don't specify?
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