It took a bit of head bashing, but this:
seems to do the trick nicely. Love getting rid of lines of code for one--- particularly when the lines gone look more like the much maligned perl line noise! Thanks for the suggestion.my $db_dir_qfn = realpath( catfile( __PACKAGE__, updir(), 'db' ) );
--hsm"Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."