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This short illustrative example has $cmd set inline, but in a real program, it could be constructed from other variables, it could be read from a user, it could be read from a file, etc.

The question was simply how to get it to execute once it was set. The answer is eval.

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Re^5: Executing a string as a Perl command
by Anonymous Monk on May 16, 2011 at 11:01 UTC
    eval is the wrong answer since it can run arbitrary code

    If the user gives you some form of # rm -rf * ~ /, a lot of your files get deleted

      The OP said nothing about a user supplying the string. We pointed out that there are security concerns if you don't trust the string.

      If you want to run arbitrary code supplied by a 100% trusted source at runtime, what would you use other than eval?