python dateutil unicode warning

im parsing some tweet’s data from Twitter API using sixohsix library. Im trying to convert the date of the tweet to my locale:

from pytz import timezone
from dateutil import parser

timestamp = parser.parse(tweet["created_at"])
timestamp_arg = timestamp.astimezone(timezone('America/Buenos_Aires'))

and im getting a unicode warning:

dateutil\parser.py:339: UnicodeWarning: Unicode equal comparison
failed to convert both arguments to Unicode – interpreting them as
being unequal elif res.tzname and res.tzname in time.tzname:

I’ve tried doing

parser.parse(str(tweet["created_at"]))
parser.parse(unicode(tweet["created_at"]).encode())

But nothing changes.

Besides the warning nothing seems to be broken.
Does anyone know why is this happening, and how to fix it?

Thanks!

UPDATE:

I’ve tried the same example but hardcoding the time to string and that works without the warning. Also according to the warning msg the issue seems to happen in the parse call, in parser.py:339 when doing

res.tzname in time.tzname

maybe because res is unicode and time.tzname is not??

Best answer

This is an unsolved bug in dateutil (as of version 2.2) that only occur on Windows: https://bugs.launchpad.net/dateutil/+bug/1227221

Dateutil will still behave correctly unless you try to parse timezones with non-ascii-characters. I assume this is very unusual, so you should be fine.

The easiest workaround is probably just to silence the errors.

import warnings
warnings.filterwarnings("ignore", category=UnicodeWarning)