Bug in string.lstrip?

Will McGugan news at NOwillmcguganSPAM.com
Mon Aug 23 18:19:23 CEST 2004


Brian wrote:
> Hello - has anyone else had trouble with string.lstrip stripping too 
> much? Here's what I get (Python 2.3.4):
> 
>  >>> import string
>  >>> string.lstrip("test/one/two/a.b.c", "test/one/")
> 'wo/a.b.c'
>  >>> string.lstrip("test/one/two/a.b.c", "test/one")
> 'wo/a.b.c'
>  >>> string.lstrip("test/one/two/a.b.c", "test/one/tw")
> 'a.b.c'
>  >>>
> 
> Similar things happened with the strip() string method. Am I missing 
> something, or should I file a bug report?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> 
> Brian

I think lstrip() just removes the characters that are contained in the 
second string. The order of characters in the second string is irrelevant.

For example..

 >>> "abcdefg".lstrip("bac" )
'defg'

Your examples are correct because it removes a run of any of the 
characters contained in the seconds string.

Perhaps someone can explain this better than I can. ;)

Will McGugan



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