[R] removing trailing spaces

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Feb 7 20:48:22 CET 2001

On Wed, 7 Feb 2001, Bernie McConnell wrote:

> I'm sure there must be a simple (and documented) way of doing this, but it has me stumpted. I want to remove trailing spaces from character vector yy:
> yy <<- c("abc  ","def ","hij   ")

(Not sure you really wanted <<- there.  It is rarely correct.)

sub(" +$", "", yy)

is as good as any, I believe.  That says replace one or more spaces before
the end of the string (denoted by $) by nothing.


Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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