# time.localtime() splits the time into elements of a tuple
tuple_time = time.localtime()
# don't europeans do day/month/year ?
time_stamp = "%s:%s %s/%s/%s" %(tuple_time, tuple_time, tuple_time, tuple_time, tuple_time)
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I noticed a time like one minute after 12 looks like this
That looks good. Many countries in Europe have day/month/year format, but that doesn't make much sense for what I may want to do. I am thinking about a date and time stamp starting each data line where the line could be sorted. It could have to look something like year/month/day hour:minute:second to do this rightly.