I don't think you could be vaguer :)
Very basic

#!/usr/bin/perl
# update.pl multiple options command line
my packages = ARGV
foreach (packages){
system(packageexecutableforupdate);
#with output captured
My $output = `packageexecutableforupdate`;
}

Not tested of course. More info may lend yourself to a better answer.

Paul

Paul Kraus
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff Collins [mailto:jtbaca]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 11:44 AM
> To: [email]beginnersperl.org[/email]
> Subject: Perl Newbie question: How would you take keyboard input and run a
> shell scrip with that input?
>
> For example: I would like for the user to enter the
> name of a software package to use and then call a
> shell script to use that package name to upgrade
> software.
>
> Thanks
>
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> Jeffrey T. Collins
> [email]jtbaca[/email]
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