Big Sincere Thank You for your comments and thoughts on this node!
As I mentioned earlier I had no problems with it and have exipirienced no issues other than the 'hang' on NT. It has come up a couple of times in the last couple of years but rerunning the base app has worked on both occasions, and I've always had $stderr returned.
(As for returning the hash... I created a logging scheme ( Prior to log4 pardigms that worked with the hash as a parameter)
I will make some time to dig back into this now that I've finally gotten somethings to ponder and consider.