aah, you are correct.
for a moment i thought some how the things were screwy, but it was just the perl interpreter in my head (it's still in beta).
no inconvenience on the date thing. that's a function that goes back to the first version of DOS i used, and that was made by IBM. when NT 3.0 rolled around, they finally updated the function with a -T option to display only, and not prompt.anyway, this heredoc stuff piqued my interest, since i'd been following a bit of chatterbox today as well.