Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Don't ask to ask, just ask

comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

So, to paraphrase what Fletch so ably said, picture this: you've sent your spouse off to get something at Home Depot; you're at home painting. The phone rings .. it's your spouse, and they need directions.

    Hi, I'm calling from the highway, how do I get to Home Depot?

You, of course, are puzzled .. you turn left at the end of your street, follow the road as it curves past the convenience store/gas station, go over the Leaside bridge and turn right just past the DEL building.

You don't even know what highway your spouse is on, or what direction they're headed in. How can you possibly give them directions with so little information to go on?

So that's the bind that I see some people in when they post questions .. they know what they want to do (that's an improvement over some people, believe me), but they're getting 'an error'. Well, the error could be one of a dozen things, each of which has its own solution.

We're also handicapped because we can't see what's on your screen -- we're relying on you to do that for us, just like you need your spouse to tell you what highway they're on, what direction they're going, what signs they're going past, and what store they think they're going to.

We may be bright, and quite good at Perl, but we're not all-seeing. Tell us what you've tried, what worked and what didn't work -- and why you think it didn't work. If there are error messages, list them all -- often, you just have to know what the error messages mean, rather than what they're saying.

    Honey, are you there? I'm just pulling your leg -- I'm in the parking lot at the Home Depot, got here no problem. They've got a special on chain saws, want me to pick you up one?

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

Update: Correct two typos.

In reply to Re: Running Shell Command by talexb
in thread Running Shell Command by Anonymous Monk

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    and the web crawler heard nothing...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others avoiding work at the Monastery: (5)
    As of 2020-05-30 04:53 GMT
    Find Nodes?
      Voting Booth?
      If programming languages were movie genres, Perl would be:

      Results (171 votes). Check out past polls.