in reply to This turned out not to be the disaster I expected
Actually, it looks as if exec does not do the job. I get "foo" from:
perl -le '$x="exec";eval $x;print "foo";'
Not so for dump and exit.
No exit with exec though. perldoc exec only mentions
exec PROGRAM LIST
A photo of people (family, friends, myself, ...)
A photo of my pet(s)
A photo of something man-made (cars, machines, etc.)
A photo of nature, space, or something else not man-made
An abstract pattern
Artwork, digital or photographed
A solid color
A digital animation
Whatever my desktop environment has set for me by default
I haven't seen my background in weeks, too many windows covering it!
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