Brian Schröäer wrote:

> irb(main):001:0> eval(File.read('data.rb'))

Thanks - that appears to do the trick. although I'm still not clear
why 'load"filename" ' doesn't make the data available and eval(...)
does.

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Chris Game

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As have not a great deal of ingenuity themselves."
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