Thanks for the suggestions! I will see if I can use them to squeeze more out of a solution that I thought was dry as a raisin. BTW, I am not a good golfer, miles behind the great Ton Hospel and Mtv Europe, that's why I keep prodding better golfers to help me. I had thought of using backticks but doubted it is portable to Windows 98 because I think you have to do it like this.
and I don't think >&2 is portable to Win98. Still, who cares about that? ;)
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