Leading and trailing whitespace

Posted by Bob_Mesibov on Jun 28, 2019 3:58 AM EDT
BASHing data; By Bob Mesibov
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Googling the phrase "trailing whitespace" is like googling "coffee stains": you mainly get "how to remove" recipes. There are procedures for deleting trailing whitespace in C, Python, Vim, PHP, Java, Visual Studio, R, C++, JavaScript, etc etc. Nobody wants trailing whitespace in their code. Trailing (and leading) whitespace, though, isn't a big deal in data tables. This post explains how to find and delete it (if necessary) when it occurs inside fields.

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