Including "date" in cgi file(perl)

In my file I have included "date" variable:

print "$mydate\n";

But while I run from MS/DOS, the perl program outputs today's date after i "enter twice" after typing !!
Also when I include the above two lines in my .cgi script(perl), today's date does not show up!

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This seems definitely not the way to get the date in Perl.  It looks to me as if you're trying to get the result of the MSDOS command date into a variable.
You have to use Perl's time function instead.
localtime(time) will give you a 9-element array which a.o. includes today's day.

Cfr. Camel book p. 159

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