I apologize if I offended you in some way. I'm not being paid anything for this, and my friend wants the scripts to make some testing that he has to do easier on him. To the best of my knowledge, this isn't something he's being paid a bonus to do. Sorry I didn't "offer cash" for something that I'm not being paid for myself - I just get by from one paycheck to the next, so I don't have a lot of money to throw around. :-) I was simply trying to help someone, but as I've mentioned, I don't know enough about perl to even know where to start on something like this (kind of hard to come up with starting code to offer up here for review/suggestions under those conditions).
I *am* interested in learning more about perl; I was hoping that the Hacker's Ethic was still alive in this day and age (which is why *I* am trying to help someone). That's why I came here. It seemed from what I was told by another that this would be a good place to start and to ask for help. In the past, when I've been asked for help of this type of nature, if I knew how to write the script or program, I just did so and provided it, with explanations as to how what was doing what. I personally learn best from working examples (reading a man page for something that I'm unfamiliar with isn't all that helpful to me - they're useful when I already understand the subject), so I tend to use that technique when I'm helping someone to learn about something. I was hoping that someone here would have the same sort of mentality. Perhaps I was mistaken in that hope.
You say that Google searches code ok now - that's good news at least. I'll see if I can figure out what the best terms are to find something useful. :-)