Curious - the poster started out by saying that he had a really hard time installing libXML or somesuch. I just tried an install of XML::Simple, and guess what? unresolved prerequisites, no good.
I hear the most XML libraries are out of control. Java-itis, bulky, over-engineered, to difficult interfaces. I haven't tried the Perl version, but hey, guess I won't be trying XML::Simple tonight, either.
I have a need for a simple XML parse myself. A known set of tags, the same every time. Treating it like text may be an adequately grungy thing to do. It looks to me like the guy has some training, and isn't that great at Perl. Hey, like me! I like this guy.
I never did like police.
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