Drupal 7 English and Chinese

English can get request rate.
Chinese error "Ship Date is invalid. Use format dd-mmm-yyyy"

change uc_usps.module
'' . format_date(time(), 'custom', 'd-M-Y', 'America/New_York') . '';
'' . format_date(time(), 'custom', 'd-m-Y', 'America/New_York') . '';
it works both English and Chinese.
but don't know why. anyone could tell me why and should I change it on uc_usps.module.

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TR’s picture

Status: Active » Postponed (maintainer needs more info)

Please turn on the shipping quotes debug information at admin/store/settings/quotes/settings, try to get a quote, and post here the part of the XML sent to USPS that contains the <ShipDate> tag. Do this before and after you make the above change, so we can see what is being sent to USPS by your server.

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Thank you for your help, TR.

('' . format_date(time(), 'custom', 'd-m-Y', 'America/New_York') . '';)

<ShipDate Option="EMSH">23-02-2013</ShipDate>


('' . format_date(time(), 'custom', 'd-M-Y', 'America/New_York') . '';)

    Ship Date is invalid. Use format dd-mmm-yyyy.

<Revision>2</Revision><Package ID="0"><Service>ALL</Service><ZipOrigination>10002</ZipOrigination><ZipDestination>10002</ZipDestination><Pounds>1</Pounds><Ounces>0.0</Ounces><Container>VARIABLE</Container><Size>REGULAR</Size><Value>8</Value><Machinable>FALSE</Machinable><ReturnLocations>TRUE</ReturnLocations><ShipDate Option="EMSH">23-2 �-2013</ShipDate></Package>

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<RateV4Response><Package ID="0"><Error><Number>-2147219422</Number><Source>DomesticRatesV4;clsRateV4.ValidateShipDate;RateEngineV4.ProcessRequest</Source><Description>Ship Date is invalid.  Use format dd-mmm-yyyy.</Description><HelpFile></HelpFile><HelpContext>1000440</HelpContext></Error></Package></RateV4Response>

I don't want to hack the uc_usps.module to make it works.Thanks Tim

TR’s picture

When you post in this forum you have to put markup between <code></code> tags so it's readable.

d-M-Y means to print out the three letter month abbreviation where the M is.
d-m-Y means to print out the two digit month number where the m is.
The USPS documentation says that the three letter month abbreviation, in English, must be used.

It looks like when you use M, you're getting garbage. I suspect that has something to do with how your PHP is configured on your server - maybe your PHP language settings are causing that. You can write a tiny PHP script and run it from the command line to see what that format_date() function prints out on your server.

geduozhao’s picture

Thanks Tim. Let me try.:)

geduozhao’s picture

Just disabled translate d-M-Y to Chinese. It works without hack uc_usps.module.

Thank you so much. Tim.:)

geduozhao’s picture

Status: Postponed (maintainer needs more info) » Closed (fixed)


TR’s picture

Status: Closed (fixed) » Fixed
longwave’s picture

Category: support » bug
Status: Fixed » Active

This is a bug. format_date() is a Drupal function that by default formats the month name to the current locale (in this case, Chinese) but USPS always expects the month name in English.

longwave’s picture

Status: Active » Fixed

Tested on a site with English and French installed, the same error occurs when using French at checkout. Fixed in http://drupalcode.org/project/ubercart.git/commitdiff/fef42ba

Status: Fixed » Closed (fixed)

Automatically closed -- issue fixed for 2 weeks with no activity.