removing space from the start of a string

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Subject: removing space from the start of a string
Posted by:  n (nikhil.abhyank…@gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008

hi all;

i have a list of a million names to sort. some names have a space at
the beginning and thus appear at the top (A->Z sort) irrespective of
the actual first letter.

how do i check for and remove such spaces?

eg " vista" should be replaced by "vista" and sorted accordingly.

Thanks and regards

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