lol. Well thanks! I've taken programming classes in college (Java and VB), I've also read several Python books on my own and I do write small scripts for automation in Python since I'm a Network Engineer but nothing as complex as this Perl script you saw from an ex-coworker who no longer works there. My python scripts are pretty much "SSH into a switches or routers, get info or push commands". Maybe read from a file, etc. Anyways...diving into Perl was a little odd for me due to the ->, =>, @ symbols. Just trying to piece it together. I will definitely be back on this site to read the learning documents. I appreciate it.