Color me confused. The goal is to eliminate the first character. Given that removing 'the first non-newline character' is precisely what is desired. Please explain what you mean. Unless of course you are thinking that a newline might be the first character in the general case. Then that would be correct. Admittedly that never occurred to me. For no particular reason I tend to thing of newlines occurring at the end of a string and usually removed by chop/chomp
at that. Of course there are times when I'm dealing with an entire as is buffer in which case there would be an expectation of embedded newlines but even at that it seems unlikely that they would wind up in a string that I would want to do a reverse chop on. Like I said please explain...
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