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String to Date conversion help

Question asked by jamesfreddyc on Sep 23, 2013
Latest reply on Sep 23, 2013 by jamesfreddyc
I need to calculate a date field of a FGDB raster catalog (but I guess it could be any table or fc for that matter).  The field I need to convert is a string that contains date values in the format: '2013-09-23 10:01:50' or for your Python referenced format it is: '%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S'

My problem is that (I think) the ESRI Date field has trouble with really early dates.  For example, this how could I correctly set a date field value with this string:

'0001-01-01 00:00:00'

Yes, that is year "1".  When I run the code below, it calculates the field but this example value above is set to '1/1/2001', dropping the hh:mm:ss and always starts in the 21st century.  I need the date field to save it as the original string, but stored as a date --- I am using the Time Slider to create time-series animations and it is very finicky about using dates.

Any help is appreciated!

     fld = "_dateText_str"     updFld = "_dateText_str_Converted"     cursor = arcpy.UpdateCursor(ras)     for row in cursor:         strVal = row._dateText_str         dtVal = datetime.datetime.strptime(strVal, '%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S')         row.setValue(updFld, dtVal)         cursor.updateRow(row)