I've seen the light! It also means I've to pay for my mistakes. My other question regarding the optimalization of Perl code has caused me to rewrite the above described problem. And guess what: it worked!
I replaced the back-ticked commands with a `save exec' example as found in the PerlSec manpage and the ignored HUP problem magically disappeared...
I love this language... *sob* ;-)
"A chicken is an egg's way of producing more eggs."
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