eval STRING does not spawn a new interpreter. It makes a call to the compiler to parse and compile the string. Then it executes it and throws away the newly compiled code.
Here-docs are a cause of a class of error you can only avoid by avoiding here-docs. Lest that sound dumb to you, try adding a space to the end of your here-doc tag in the <<TAG start or in the TAG end. Both are usually invisible and both will cause your script's parsing to be completely awry. They're just a great way to shoot yourself in the foot.
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Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
<code> <a> <b> <big>
<blockquote> <br /> <dd>
<dl> <dt> <em> <font>
<h1> <h2> <h3> <h4>
<h5> <h6> <hr /> <i>
<li> <nbsp> <ol> <p>
<small> <strike> <strong>
<sub> <sup> <table>
<td> <th> <tr> <tt>
Snippets of code should be wrapped in
<code> tags not
<pre> tags. In fact, <pre>
tags should generally be avoided. If they must
be used, extreme care should be
taken to ensure that their contents do not
have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent
horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor
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