Author r.david.murray
Recipients eric.smith, ezio.melotti, flox, hct, mark.dickinson, meador.inge, python-dev, r.david.murray
Date 2014-03-20.00:05:58
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Yes.  It is not returning the format specifier, it is filling in the strftime template "s" from the datetime...which equals "s", since it consists of just that constant string.

Try {:%Y-%m-%d}, for example.
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