stripping spaces in front of line

Steve Holden steve at
Sat Mar 4 09:30:05 CET 2006

eight02645999 at wrote:
> hi
> wish to ask a qns on strip
> i wish to strip all spaces in front of a line (in text file)
> f = open("textfile","rU")
> while (1):
>         line = f.readline().strip()
>         if line == '':
>                 break
>         print line
> f.close()
> in "textfile", i added some spaces in and then ran the code, it prints
> out the lines without the spaces in front. I double checked "textfile"
> and it does contains some lines with spaces in front.
> Is it true that "readline().strip()" perform the removing of spaces in
> front of a line as well? Is it documented anywhere?
> I am using Windows environment. thanks
If you are using Windows then navigate to Start | All Programs | Python 
2.4 | Python Manuals. Click the "Index" tab and enter "strip".

You will see that there is a strip() function in module string, and that 
strings have a .strip() method.

This is called "Reading the Documentation". Do it more. Your time is no 
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