There are a number of existing Windows .bat files in a project I've been given. I don't want to have to rewrite these in another code or other, as they do the job and work great. That said I'd like to create a Perl/Tk GUI to show what is happening, error messages, etc. I'm just starting Perl (know more in PHP), and Tk is a bit new to me, but I thought this GUI would be a great way to learn. Here is the problem -- is it possible to have a Perl script get the 'echo' from a .bat file it initiates? If so how? I'm guessing this is after Perl calls the .bat through exec() or system(). Thanks in advance for the help. While I'd like to do this in Perl, I suppose PHP is fine if someone can explain that as well.