It all seemed so simple, but alas... What I wanted to do is make up a simple module that would prefix all output (like print statements) with a prefix. I attempted to use the "tie" function to tie standard output. This is OK, but how does one write to standard output INSIDE the tie routines. Won't they go back and re-invoke themselves recursively until memory runs dry or some such. So the delimea, once something is tie'd, how does one use the previous old un "tie"'d function. While I suspect that this isn't too relevant to other tie'd objects (hash, array, scalar) it is important to handles. I'm after a "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" solution.