Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Cross-platform date/time definition

Earlier here (in Russian) i have investigated ways how to obtain date and time parts using the CMD.EXE features. After that here (in Russian too) i have simplified this way until two lines of a code. But both ways are platform-dependent - the order of date parts depends on the locale settings.

Recently i found the excelent link (in Russian too) with the description how to obtain the subject platform-independently.

I slightly modified the established method and present it now.
:: Returns the variables %now_XXX% with the formatted current date/time
:: @param  STRING  Optional, "/m" means to count each week from Monday,
::                 so Sunday is 7th day of week (by default, 0th day of week). 
:: http://forum.ru-board.com/topic.cgi?forum=5&topic=25393&start=347&limit=1
:: The first line of the %TEMP%\rpt file looks like follows
::     MakeCAB Report: Mon Nov 02 23:46:37 2009
makecab /d RptFileName="%TEMP%\rpt" /d InfFileName=nul /f nul >nul
for /f "usebackq tokens=3-9 delims=: " %%1 in ( "%TEMP%\rpt" ) do (
    set now_wday_name=%%1
    call :now_wday %%1
    if /i "%~1" == "/m" if /i "%%1" == "Sun" set now_wday=7

    set now_month_name=%%2
    call :now_month %%2

    set now_date=%%3

    set now_year=%%7

    set now_hh=%%4
    set now_mm=%%5
    set now_ss=%%6

    goto :EOF

set now_wday=0
for %%w in ( Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun ) do (
    if /i "%1" == "%%w" goto :EOF
    set /a now_wday+=1
goto :EOF

set now_month=0
for %%m in ( Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec ) do (
    set /a now_month+=1
    if /i "%1" == "%%m" goto :EOF
goto :EOF

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