Okay, I have narrowed it down to this section in freshenup.pl
 
prog2file(
   "$constants->{basedir}/index.pl",
   "$vu ssi=yes",
   "$constants->{basedir}/index.shtml",
          verbosity()
  );
 
This seems to be an older problem and I have NO IDEA why this didn't get fixed - there was even a thread on slashcode:
 
http://ask.slashcode.com/comments.pl?cid=4947&sid=1447
 
I guess I'm getting close, but have no idea how to fix this. If anyone hs any idea, please let me know.
 
Michael