I very nearly reroasted the old "dynamic loading" chestnut: dynamic module loading. I was in the process of composing my question when I did remember to search perlmonks and I came upon that thread. I read through it all and still I was puzzled: "Why had no one written the 100 or so lines of coded needed (including docs) to upload a suitable module to CPAN?" Then I found it: UNIVERSAL::require. And that thread was written in 2003 and the module in 2005 which explains why it was not suggested as the solution.

In reply to The chestnut of dynamic module loading by SilasTheMonk

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