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Thanks Morton.  I did read date/format.rb and in 1.8.4 (what I'm running) it
supports the %s format which I believe is supposed to represent the number
of seconds since 1/1/1970.  The number I'm passing in represents the number
of seconds since 1/1/1970.

On 13/12/06, Morton Goldberg <m_goldberg / ameritech.net> wrote:
>
> On Dec 13, 2006, at 7:03 PM, Matt G. wrote:
>
> > Sorry for posting a beginner question here, but it seems like date/
> > format.rb
> > is missing documentation on ruby-doc.org.
> >
> > So, the question is, why does this code not work?  (I'm using
> > ruby-1.8.4)
> >
> > irb(main):001:0> require 'date'
> > true
> > irb(main):002:0> myd  ateTime.strptime("1166049481", '%s')
> > ArgumentError: 3 elements of civil date are necessary
> >        from lib/ruby/1.8/date.rb:1214:in `new_with_hash'
> >        from lib/ruby/1.8/date.rb:1238:in `strptime'
> >        from (irb):2
> >
> > I was able to make this work: Date::strptime("1/1/1970", '%d/%m/%
> > Y') so I'm
> > pretty sure I don't have a syntax error.
>
> DateTime.strptime simply can't handle "1166049481" as an argument. It
> wants something that looks like a date/time stamp that a human might
> be able to read. Unfortunately, as you point out, exactly what it
> wants isn't documented. You're expected to read date/format.rb, which
> IMO isn't easy decipher.
>
> BTW, even if your first argument were acceptable, I think your second
> would be ignored -- at least in 1.8.2, which is what I'm running, %s
> has no effect.
>
> > Thanks for any help.
>
> Not much help, I'm afraid, but you did ask for "any help" :)
>
> Regards, Morton
>
>

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