Remove overall indentation preserving reletive indentation

I am trying to find a solution to remove the overall indentation of a
block of text while preserving the relative indentation of each line,
for example

line 1
line 2

(2 spaces then 4 spaces)
should become

line 1
line 2

(0 spaces then two spaces)

so that the two space between lines relative indentation is preserved,
yet the first two spaces overall indentation goes away.

what I have tried so far is string .strip, which seems to remove all
leading space of the first line only

content =
" line 1
line2"
output = content.strip
print output

produces

line 1
line 2

0 spaces then 4.

whereas Im going for

a result of 0 then 2 from starting with 2 then 4.

I assume the solution would probably involve getting the number of
spaces for the first line and removing that number of spaces from each
line in the block?

thanks in advance for your help.

Hello Jesse,

I assume the solution would probably involve getting the number of
spaces for the first line and removing that number of spaces from each
line in the block?

You are also assuming your text is consistently indented from the
first line, that is you don’t have

…line 1
…line 2
…line 3

for example. A better way would be (I think) to check first each line
to search for the minimum number of spaces and then remove that number
of spaces from each line (assuming also that you have normal spaces
and no tabulations for example). One way would be

string = " line1\n line2\n line3"
puts string
arr = string.split(/\n/)
nb = arr.collect {|line| line =~ /^( *)/ ; $1.length}.min
new_string = arr.collect {|line| line.sub(/ {#{nb}}/,’’)}.join("\n")
puts new_string

Cheers,

On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Jesse B. [email protected] wrote:

line 1
content =
0 spaces then 4.

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Perhaps

def relative_indented(str)
leading_whitespace = str[/\A\s*/]
str.gsub /^#{leading_whitespace}/ , String.new
end

puts relative_indented <<END_OF_TEXT
Two Spaces
Four Spaces
Six Spaces
Four Spaces
Two Spaces
END_OF_TEXT

A few things, though. Everything is relative to your initial indenting,
so
if you have a line later with less indenting, then it will just go to
zero
(will not be relative, because it would need negative indenting). You
could
get around this by checking each line to find the one with the largest
indenting, and make them relative to that, whereas I have just checked
it
against the first line in the string. Also, mixing spaces with tabs will
mess it up, unless you are consistent with your use across every line.

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