|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
I rejected using 'grep' at all since it seems likely to me that there could be cases where there is nothing to trim from the front. Your solution (and any simple 'grep' solution) ...
So, you reject simple now, in favour of complicated, because of what might be the requirement in some speculative future.
Yep! That just about sums up all that is wrong with the software industry. Throwing good money after bad chasing what-if scenarios and may-be requirements instead of just taking care of the real requirements as they exist now; and dealing with future requirements -- actual future requirements -- when and if they actually arise.
With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
In reply to Re^3: List::MoreUtils before, after and ... between? ("simple")