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# numpy.core.defchararray.lstrip¶

`numpy.core.defchararray.``lstrip`(a, chars=None)[source]

For each element in a, return a copy with the leading characters removed.

Calls str.lstrip element-wise.

Parameters: a : array-like, {str, unicode} Input array. chars : {str, unicode}, optional The chars argument is a string specifying the set of characters to be removed. If omitted or None, the chars argument defaults to removing whitespace. The chars argument is not a prefix; rather, all combinations of its values are stripped. out : ndarray, {str, unicode} Output array of str or unicode, depending on input type

Examples

```>>> c = np.array(['aAaAaA', '  aA  ', 'abBABba'])
>>> c
array(['aAaAaA', '  aA  ', 'abBABba'],
dtype='|S7')
```

The ‘a’ variable is unstripped from c[1] because whitespace leading.

```>>> np.char.lstrip(c, 'a')
array(['AaAaA', '  aA  ', 'bBABba'],
dtype='|S7')
```
```>>> np.char.lstrip(c, 'A') # leaves c unchanged
array(['aAaAaA', '  aA  ', 'abBABba'],
dtype='|S7')
>>> (np.char.lstrip(c, ' ') == np.char.lstrip(c, '')).all()
... # XXX: is this a regression? this line now returns False
... # np.char.lstrip(c,'') does not modify c at all.
True
>>> (np.char.lstrip(c, ' ') == np.char.lstrip(c, None)).all()
True
```