Problem using s.strip() to remove leading whitespace in .csv file

Karim kliateni at
Wed Feb 29 04:01:21 EST 2012

Le 29/02/2012 09:25, Guillaume Chorn a écrit :
> Hello All,
> I have a .csv file that I created by copying and pasting a list of all 
> the players in the NBA with their respective teams and positions 
> (! 
> <>).  
> Unfortunately, when I do this I have no choice but to include a single 
> leading whitespace character for each name.  I'd like to compare this 
> list of names to another list (also in .csv format but in a different 
> file) using a simple Python script, but in order to do that I need to 
> strip the leading whitespace from all of the names or none of them 
> will match the names in the second list.  However, when I try to do 
> this as follows:
> positions = open('/home/guillaume/Documents/playerpos.csv')
> for line in positions:
>     info = line.split(',')
>     name = info[0]
>     name = name.strip()
>     print name #to examine the effect of name.strip()
> I keep getting all of the names with the leading whitespace character 
> NOT removed (for example: " Jeff Adrien". Why is this happening?
> The following is a sample of the .csv file (the one I'm trying to 
> remove the whitespace from) opened in gedit, the built-in Ubuntu text 
> editor:
>  Jeff Adrien,SF,Houston Rockets
>  Arron Afflalo,SG,Denver Nuggets
>  Maurice Ager,GF,Minnesota Timberwolves
>  Blake Ahearn,PG,Los Angeles Clippers
>  Alexis Ajinca,FC,Toronto Raptors
>  Solomon Alabi,C,Toronto Raptors
>  Cole Aldrich,C,Oklahoma City Thunder
>  LaMarcus Aldridge,FC,Portland Trail Blazers
>  Joe Alexander,SF,New Orleans Hornets
>  Lavoy Allen,FC,Philadelphia 76ers
>  Malik Allen,FC,Orlando Magic
>  Ray Allen,SG,Boston Celtics
>  Tony Allen,GF,Memphis Grizzlies
>  Lance Allred,C,Indiana Pacers
>  Rafer Alston,PG,Miami Heat
> Any help with this seemingly simple but maddening issue would be much 
> appreciated.
> thanks,
> Guillaume
Use csv module instead of parsing yourself the csv file:

import csv

reader = csv.Reader(open("file.csv"))

for row in reader:
       for key in row:
             print("key=", key, " value=", row[key])

Code above not tested but should work.


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