problem with dateutil

Tom P werotizy at freent.dd
Sat Feb 13 15:27:20 EST 2016


On 02/13/2016 07:13 PM, Gary Herron wrote:
> On 02/13/2016 09:58 AM, Tom P wrote:
>> I am writing a program that has to deal with various date/time formats
>> and convert these into timestamps. It looks as if
>> dateutil.parser.parse should be able to handle about any format, but
>> what I get is:
>>
>> datetimestr = '2012-10-22 11:22:33'
>> print(dateutil.parser.parse(datetimestr))
>> result: datetime.datetime(2012, 10, 22, 11, 22, 33)
>>
>> However:
>> datetimestr = '2012:10:22 11:22:33'
>> print(dateutil.parser.parse(datetimestr))
>> result: datetime.datetime(2016, 2, 13, 11, 22, 33)
>>
>> In other words, it's getting the date wrong when colons are used to
>> separate YYYY:MM:DD. Is there a way to include this as a valid format?
>>
>
> Yes, there is a way to specify your own format.  Search the datetime
> documentation for
>      datetime.strptime(date_string, format)
>
> Gary Herron
>

Thanks.  I started out with datetime.strptime but AFAICS that means I 
have to go through try/except for every conceivable format. Are you 
saying that I can't use dateutil.parser?


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