If you want to build a mail with attachment you have to build a valid MIME-message. That is not trivial. That's why there are so many big packages at CPAN. But if you really have the need, than I would suggest to look at the cli tool mail of your OS. The newer versions are able to handle attachments.
So my proposal:
my $rc = system("echo '' | mail -s 'Test' -a $file $to");
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