i've think i have confused the situation, the problem is some browsers submit the full path whereas some submit just the filename. when the full path is submitted i can't work out how to get the filename out. eg filename from c:\somedir\file.ext. perl doesn't let me search & replace those \ slashes when they are on their own.
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