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Re^2: trim leading & trailing whitespace

by thinker (Parson)
on Mar 30, 2005 at 10:04 UTC ( #443390=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: trim leading & trailing whitespace
in thread trim leading & trailing whitespace

Hi bart

In the example I gave above,

 s/^\s*(.*?)\s*$/$1/gm

the combination of the \m modifier, and the line anchors ^ and $ will ensure the newlines are left alone

cheers

thinker


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Re^3: trim leading & trailing whitespace
by bart (Canon) on Mar 30, 2005 at 10:08 UTC
    $_ = " no \n \n \n they \n \n won't \n\n\n"; s/^\s*(.*?)\s*$/$1/gm; print;
    Result:
    no
    they
    won't
    

    All blank lines are gone.

      Hi bart,

      I see what you mean now. I thought you were suggesting it would remove the newline characters, not just the blank lines. Your way is more correct.

      cheers

      thinker

      How about this:

      $_ = " yes \n \n \n they \n \n will \n\n\n"; s/^\s*?(?:\b(.*?)\s*?)?(\n)?$/$1$2/gm; print; __END__ % perl 443391.pl yes they will

      the lowliest monk

        Danger, don't use \b if you want to detect the edges between spaces an nonspaces. It won't work for nonspace+nonword characters, like quotes and punctuation.

        Perhaps replace the \b(.*?) with (\S.*?).

        Still, you're not running this with warnings enabled, are you? Both $1 and $2 are optional, so both can be undef, but you use their value regardless. This runs without warnings:

        s/^\s*?((?:\S.*?)?)\s*?(\n?)$/$1$2/gm;

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