perl search and replace in a file

Kyle Waters unum at
Fri May 8 15:06:57 MDT 2009

So a while back someone posted something like this to the list(or 
another list like this one...)

perl -pi -e 's/search/replace/g' *.text

Now I would like to do what this is doing but from with in a perl 
script. It seems wrong to use ticks to drop out the command line and run 
perl from with in perl. What is the correct thing to do?


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