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On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 6:31 PM, Shmuel Zeigerman wrote:
> [this] slightly outperformed your variant, except for the all-space strings,
> where it performed worse (which I don't understand why).
> function trim(s)
>  local from = s:find("%S")
>  return from and s:match(".*%S", from) or ""
> end

This variant of yours performs much better in the worst case and has
about the same performance overall as my last one:

function trim(s)
  local from = s:match"^%s*()"
  return from > #s and "" or s:match(".*%S", from)

For some reason, s:find"^%s*$" is about twice as fast as s:find"%S"
given s = (" "):rep(100).