I'm currently trying to writing a script to automate a function at work, but I'm not intimately familiar with Python. I'm trying to take a XML dump and compare a specific entry's date to see if the time has passed or not.
The date is in a particular format, given:
<3-letter Month> <DD> <HH:MM:SS> <YYYY> <3-letter Timezone>
May 14 20:11:20 2014 GMT
if(trimmed < time.strftime("%x") ):
You should use combination of gmtime (for GMT time),mktime and datetime.
from time import gmtime,mktime from datetime import datetime s = "May 14 20:11:20 2014 GMT" f = "%b %d %H:%M:%S %Y GMT" dt = datetime.strptime(s, f) gmt = datetime.fromtimestamp(mktime(gmtime())) if dt<gmt: print(dt) else: print(gmt)