As a matter of pure nosy curiosity, why are using Perl for this project?
Since you are refactoring IBM Basic Assembler, I suspect that you are running on a zOS system. That being the case, I would have turned to REXX, as a 'native' solution, rather than Perl. (Never mind that I'd be doing it inside the ISPF editor and not get involved with a one-off custom conversion tool in the first place....)
REXX (and EXEC2) were written in and for the IBM ecosystem (MVS and VM370/CMS). Perl is cross-ported from the UNIX world. There are different underlying assumptions between the two operating environments, and that may make REXX a better language for the job. Certainly the debugging and performance tools provided by MVS will be a better fit to REXX code than code written in Perl.
I Go Back to Sleep, Now.
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