|P is for Practical|
What's the point in chomping if you only going to put it back with -l?
perl -e"$_=`echo butter`;print"
but that becomes
perl -e"print `echo butter`"
but hang on, we can simplify that further
Oh dear! Now I've done away with the need for perl altogether, which means this thread becomes off topic and is reaper bait:)
Levity aside, I think the OP's question really comes down to "Why can't I do..."
print chomp( `some system command` );
Which is certainly something I have tried more than once, and the only answers I have come up with, and there is probably better wisdom on this kicking around somewhere, is that if chomp returned the result of the thing it chomped, then
chomp(@lines) would have to become
@lines = chomp(@lines) which would be less efficient.
and if you used it in a while loop
The loop would terminate early on zero-length blank lines as chomp would return '', which would test false.
Examine what is said, not who speaks.
1) When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2) The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible
3) Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke.