Why not just use Getopt::Long? Sample:
my $abc = 1;
my $result = GetOptions("abc=i" => \$abc,
"bar=i" => \$bar,
"fii=i" => \$fii,
"wee=i" => \$wee
If I remember correctly (can't remember what I had for breakfast and I have the same thing every day) Getopt::Long
is part of CORE and therefore you need to load it on your system.
Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
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