I think this is a problem with older versions
of CGI.pm. In older versions on the module (and
I can't remember when it changed) the
escape subroutine didn't have a OO
interface, so it expected its first parameter
to be the string to be escaped.
By calling it with an OO interface, as you
have, you give it the CGI object as the first
parameter. escape tries to URL encode
that object and returned the URL encoded version.
When you print out the return code, you the
string representation of the object, which is
the type and reference - hence the output you
Solutions: 1/ Get a more recent version of
CGI.pm. 2/ Call escape using the
functional interface like this:
$escaped = escape('some text');
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