in reply to Cygwin Pod::Usage malfunction?

the last time I tracked a problem with POD for quite a while it was due to different line endings. My suggestion would be to double- and triple check the \n and \r's in your code.

Of course I can't promise that this is _it_. Please consider this "just another hint". :-)

Regards... Stefan
you begin bashing the string with a +42 regexp of confusion