in reply to do-ing of file without \n at the end
i created the conf.conf file with
and verified it has no newline (with hexdump -C conf.conf)echo -n \$a=\'a\'\; > conf.conf
i get the same error on v5.8.8 built for i686-linux but it works fine on v5.8.6 built for darwin-thread-multi-2level.
In Section Seekers of Perl Wisdom