[AG-DEV] AccessGrid setting locale?

Andrew Ford andrew.ford at rit.edu
Fri Apr 1 15:04:15 CDT 2011


I noticed some interesting effects in a C++ application I'm developing that
calls various AG functions via the Python API. My app also uses wxWidgets,
and when I was experimenting with its logging functions, I noticed that the
timestamp format it uses changes after I call a standard import agversion
and agversion.select(3). I looked a bit for any locale setting AG does and
found locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, 'C') in Toolkit.py. Commenting this
line out prevents the timestamp (presumably the associated locale settings
as well) from changing; I haven't tested whatever effect it may have on the
venue client. I'm curious as to what the rationale for this call is, as even
the python docs (http://docs.python.org/library/locale.html) say it is not
necessarily a good idea to set this in a context like this ("It is generally
a bad idea to call
some library routine, since as a side effect it affects the entire
program.") Any input on this issue would be great.

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