| >but I find it hard to believe this doesn't already exists.
most probably this is just an xy problem. i.e. you are trying to solve a problem in a wrong way.
I slightly remember a BASIC dialect which had such a feature to allow positioning the cursor, but in Perl I never missed this.
IMHO in reality you'd rather prefer using printf or format or templates with here-docs or Term::ReadLine or GUI-library like Tk
(just some plausible guesses).
If all of this is wrong and you don't wanna give us more insights, you can still try writing a routine out() to replace your prints, which automatically splits the arguments at newlines and counts the length of the last line in a global var $OUTPOS.
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