Sorry for forgetting the \\ escape. The command will never have spaces in it--only the arguments.
I too took a look at the Argv module and tried it out. It doesn't satisfy the needs I have:
$ perl -MArgv -MData::Dumper -E 'say Data::Dumper::Dumper [ Argv->new(
+ "/usr/local/bin/ssh %s \"/opt/something/bin/somebinary || echo \"Cou
+ld not execute somebinary.\"" )->argv ]'
$VAR1 = [
'/usr/local/bin/ssh %s "/opt/something/bin/somebinary || ech
+o "Could not execute somebinary."'
A mistake can be valuable or costly, depending on how faithfully you pursue correction