If it won't be simple, it simply won't be. [Hire me, source code] by Miki Tebeka, CEO, 353Solutions

Friday, October 09, 2009


#!/usr/bin/env python
'''Convert seconds since epoch to human readable time format.
Useful in cases where logs dump time information in epoch.

$ echo 1255099899 | strftime
10/09/2009 07:51

from time import strftime, localtime
import re

def main(argv=None):
import sys
from optparse import OptionParser

argv = argv or sys.argv

default_format = "%m/%d/%Y %H:%M"
parser = OptionParser("%prog [options] [FILENAME]")
parser.add_option("--format", dest="format",
help="time format [%s]" % default_format, default=default_format)
parser.add_option("--doc", help="show strftime documentation",
dest="doc", action="store_true", default=0)
parser.add_option("--quote", help="quote result (e.g. '10/2/2009')",
dest="quote", default="")

opts, args = parser.parse_args(argv[1:])
if len(args) not in (0, 1):
parser.error("wrong number of arguments") # Will exit

if opts.doc:
import webbrowser
url = "http://docs.python.org/library/time.html#time.strftime"
raise SystemExit

infile = args[0] if args else "-"
if infile == "-":
info = sys.stdin
info = open(infile)
except IOError, e:
raise SystemExit("error: can't open %s - %s" % (infile, e))

def callback(match):
t = localtime(float(match.group()))
human = strftime(opts.format, t)
if opts.quote:
human = human.replace(opts.quote, r"\\%s" % opts.quote)
human = opts.quote + human + opts.quote

return human

# We assume 1XXXXXXXXX (2001 +) dates, so we won't convert *everything*
print re.sub("1\d{9}(\.\d+)?", callback, info.read())

if __name__ == "__main__":


Eyal said...

how about

date -d@1255099899

Miki Tebeka said...

I agree this is better for the simple case, however I use it a lot with JSON objects that have time in EPOCH in them. You just pipe the output through srftime and view the times in human readable format. I usually combine "jsonpretty" as well

curl -s http://some.url.com/foo.json | jsonpretty | strtime

Eyal said...

Can you recommend me a good python tutorial for someone who comes from the java world ?

Also it would be nice if it will tech me to think in a "pythonic" way.

Miki Tebeka said...

I learned Python from here and there, mostly writing code and hanging around comp.lang.python. The standard tutorial is pretty good and I hear people talking about "Dive Into Python".

I don't have the time for 1/1 teaching. I suggest you write some code and post it for review on comp.lang.python or StackOverflow. I'll do my best to comment.

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