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You could redirect STDOUT to a pipe using the pipe creation command. Then, when you're done, you can read the entire pipe into a variable.
local $|=1; #don't forget to unbuffer
(your evil STDOUT hard-coded code)
Voila. Pipes kick *ss when it comes to storing variable amounts of data and handle redirection. Of course, this isn't a problem in PerlLand, but I welcome you to CLand, if you'd tag along...
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