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st: removing leading blanks

From   Abhimanyu Arora <>
Subject   st: removing leading blanks
Date   Sat, 31 Dec 2011 17:24:45 +0530

Dear statalist
All values of a string variable, var1, have 4 blank spaces in the beginning.
However, when I type in the command
-replace var1=ltrim(var1)- ,
 the output displays "0 real changes made" (and needless to say,
things remain as they were to start with)
Would be really great if this puzzling issue is sorted out.
Many thanks and best wishes
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