in reply to Zipping Files

Echoing what's already been said here, I agree that either Archive::Zip or Compress::Zlib and Archive::Tar are your best bets. If you need to compress multiple files into one zip archive that is readable on Windows, I would recommend Archive::Zip. However, if you only need to compress one file (and if that one file happens to be the output of your program) my recommendation is IO::Zlib. This is great module that lets you create an IO handle that reads or writes a gzip compressed file. Here are some snippets to get your started:

Using Archive::Zip:

#!/bin/perl -w use warnings; use strict; use Archive::Zip qw( :ERROR_CODES :CONSTANTS); #almost verbatim from the Archive::Zip docs: my $zip = Archive::Zip->new(); my $member = $zip->addFile('t.out'); die 'Error writing file' if $zip->writeToFileNamed('') != AZ_OK +;
using IO::Zlib:
#!/bin/perl -w use warnings; use strict; require 5.004; #using TIEHANDLE interface use IO::Zlib; tie *FILE, 'IO::Zlib', "foo.txt.gz", "wb"; #do your stuff here #everything written to FOO gets compressed and stored in foo.gz print FILE "hello world\n";
If you want to use Compress::Zlib and Archive::Tar then just read the docs but I doubt it's very difficult. The above two are certainly straightforward and easy.