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Date formats

I have the date format (retrived from GetLocaleInfo), and a spesipic date in that format.
I want to convert it to mm/dd/yyyy format...

How can I do it ?
(I'm working on NT/2K)

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I hope this will help you. It is from the VC++ help files:

strftime, wcsftime
Format a time string.

size_t strftime( char *strDest, size_t maxsize, const char *format, const struct tm *timeptr );

size_t wcsftime( wchar_t *strDest, size_t maxsize, const wchar_t *format, const struct tm *timeptr );

Routine Required Header Compatibility
strftime <time.h> ANSI, Win 95, Win NT
wcsftime <time.h> or <wchar.h> ANSI, Win 95, Win NT

For additional compatibility information, see Compatibility in the Introduction.


LIBC.LIB Single thread static library, retail version
LIBCMT.LIB Multithread static library, retail version
MSVCRT.LIB Import library for MSVCRT.DLL, retail version

Return Value

strftime returns the number of characters placed in strDest if the total number of resulting characters, including the terminating null, is not more than maxsize. wcsftime returns the corresponding number of wide characters. Otherwise, the functions return 0, and the contents of strDest is indeterminate.



Output string


Maximum length of string


Format-control string


tm data structure


The strftime and wcsftime functions format the tm time value in timeptr according to the supplied format argument and store the result in the buffer strDest. At most, maxsize characters are placed in the string. For a description of the fields in the timeptr structure, see asctime. wcsftime is the wide-character equivalent of strftime; its string-pointer argument points to a wide-character string. These functions behave identically otherwise.

Note   Prior to this version of Visual C++, the documentation described the format parameter of wcsftime as having the datatype const wchar_t *, but the actual implementation of the format datatype was const char *. In this version, the implementation of the format datatype has been updated to reflect the previous and current documentation, that is: const wchar_t *.

Generic-Text Routine Mappings

TCHAR.H Routine  _UNICODE & _MBCS Not Defined _MBCS Defined _UNICODE Defined
_tcsftime strftime  strftime wcsftime

The format argument consists of one or more codes; as in printf, the formatting codes are preceded by a percent sign (%). Characters that do not begin with % are copied unchanged to strDest. The LC_TIME category of the current locale affects the output formatting of strftime.(For more information on LC_TIME, see setlocale.) The formatting codes for strftime are listed below:


Abbreviated weekday name


Full weekday name


Abbreviated month name


Full month name


Date and time representation appropriate for locale


Day of month as decimal number (01 ? 31)


Hour in 24-hour format (00 ? 23)


Hour in 12-hour format (01 ? 12)


Day of year as decimal number (001 ? 366)


Month as decimal number (01 ? 12)


Minute as decimal number (00 ? 59)


Current locale?s A.M./P.M. indicator for 12-hour clock


Second as decimal number (00 ? 59)


Week of year as decimal number, with Sunday as first day of week (00 ? 53)


Weekday as decimal number (0 ? 6; Sunday is 0)


Week of year as decimal number, with Monday as first day of week (00 ? 53)


Date representation for current locale


Time representation for current locale


Year without century, as decimal number (00 ? 99)


Year with century, as decimal number

%z, %Z

Time-zone name or abbreviation; no characters if time zone is unknown


Percent sign

As in the printf function, the # flag may prefix any formatting code. In that case, the meaning of the format code is changed as follows.

Format Code Meaning
%#a, %#A, %#b, %#B, %#p, %#X, %#z, %#Z, %#% # flag is ignored.
%#c Long date and time representation, appropriate for current locale. For example: ?Tuesday, March 14, 1995, 12:41:29?.
%#x Long date representation, appropriate to current locale. For example: ?Tuesday, March 14, 1995?.
%#d, %#H, %#I, %#j, %#m, %#M, %#S, %#U, %#w, %#W, %#y, %#Y Remove leading zeros (if any).


/* TIMES.C illustrates various time and date functions including:
 *      time            _ftime          ctime       asctime
 *      localtime       gmtime          mktime      _tzset
 *      _strtime        _strdate        strftime
 * Also the global variable:
 *      _tzname

#include <time.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/timeb.h>
#include <string.h>

void main()
    char tmpbuf[128], ampm[] = "AM";
    time_t ltime;
    struct _timeb tstruct;
    struct tm *today, *gmt, xmas = { 0, 0, 12, 25, 11, 93 };

    /* Set time zone from TZ environment variable. If TZ is not set,
     * the operating system is queried to obtain the default value
     * for the variable.

    /* Display operating system-style date and time. */
    _strtime( tmpbuf );
    printf( "OS time:\t\t\t\t%s\n", tmpbuf );
    _strdate( tmpbuf );
    printf( "OS date:\t\t\t\t%s\n", tmpbuf );

    /* Get UNIX-style time and display as number and string. */
    time( &ltime );
    printf( "Time in seconds since UTC 1/1/70:\t%ld\n", ltime );
    printf( "UNIX time and date:\t\t\t%s", ctime( &ltime ) );

    /* Display UTC. */
    gmt = gmtime( &ltime );
    printf( "Coordinated universal time:\t\t%s", asctime( gmt ) );

    /* Convert to time structure and adjust for PM if necessary. */
    today = localtime( &ltime );
    if( today->tm_hour > 12 )
   strcpy( ampm, "PM" );
   today->tm_hour -= 12;
    if( today->tm_hour == 0 )  /* Adjust if midnight hour. */
   today->tm_hour = 12;

    /* Note how pointer addition is used to skip the first 11
     * characters and printf is used to trim off terminating
     * characters.
    printf( "12-hour time:\t\t\t\t%.8s %s\n",
       asctime( today ) + 11, ampm );

    /* Print additional time information. */
    _ftime( &tstruct );
    printf( "Plus milliseconds:\t\t\t%u\n", tstruct.millitm );
    printf( "Zone difference in seconds from UTC:\t%u\n",
             tstruct.timezone );
    printf( "Time zone name:\t\t\t\t%s\n", _tzname[0] );
    printf( "Daylight savings:\t\t\t%s\n",
             tstruct.dstflag ? "YES" : "NO" );

    /* Make time for noon on Christmas, 1993. */
    if( mktime( &xmas ) != (time_t)-1 )
   printf( "Christmas\t\t\t\t%s\n", asctime( &xmas ) );

    /* Use time structure to build a customized time string. */
    today = localtime( &ltime );

    /* Use strftime to build a customized time string. */
    strftime( tmpbuf, 128,
         "Today is %A, day %d of %B in the year %Y.\n", today );
    printf( tmpbuf );


OS time:                                21:51:03
OS date:                                05/03/94
Time in seconds since UTC 1/1/70:       768027063
UNIX time and date:                     Tue May 03 21:51:03 1994
Coordinated universal time:             Wed May 04 04:51:03 1994
12-hour time:                           09:51:03 PM
Plus milliseconds:                      279
Zone difference in seconds from UTC:    480
Time zone name:                        
Daylight savings:                       YES
Christmas                               Sat Dec 25 12:00:00 1993

Today is Tuesday, day 03 of May in the year 1994.

If u can specify the format, u can use pointers in C. Store the date into an array(of length+1 of the format).point it to pointer and fill the date variables. Thereafter format them into another array.

12122000 (12 dec 2000)
char date1[9],*p,dd[3],mm[3],yy[5],date2[11];
variable date2 has the date in the format required by u.

Hope this code suffices u'r need.
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