Hi Phil, thanks for the reply!

> BTW: this will work in Ruby, just as you have it here:
> >
> >  $debug and print "some kind of message"

Oh.  So it does :-)  Though apparently it doesn't work if $debug is
undefined and you're being "a good boy" by using the "-w" switch  :-)  Doh!


Yes, I realise you can do this :

> print "extra info here" unless $quiet

However IMHO that is harder to read, sort of around the wrong way, a
backward sentence.  I guess I like the "short circuit" to be obvious, at the
left (start) of the line, since I read left-to-right :-)

Ah well, I'll adjust :-)

Cheers,
Nightblade