Yes Ken, I worked on it. I may be posting my progress wrong, appologies for that. I really do appreciate the forum and am working hard at learing perl.
I fixed the XPATH construct, from your response I found that I was mixing my $xp with $sesxp.
From there, I noticed that the errores were spurting something about "Use of uninitialized value in subroutine entry at..." Which sounded like a problem with the XML itself. Turns out that the problem was that the grep was returning two files. So I fixed that by modifying the construct to make sure only one possible result.
I got past that, got a different error.. "Unsuccessful stat on filename containing newline at..", So I chomped it!
I'm loving this! Going through the motions really does help. Really appreciate the help!