Hi All. I was trying to compile some C code from Perl, using MS-VS-2003. So I did something like: $x = `c:\\progr... long path...\\bin\\cl.exe params..`; it actually complained, (didn't like the spaces) so I did: $x = `"c:\\progr... long path...\\bin\\cl.exe" params..`; and it did not complained. actually, it did nothing. silently failed. Help? Shmuel.