SPUG: mod_perl and fastcgi (was: large-scale projects)

Colin Meyer cmeyer at helvella.org
Fri Jun 14 15:43:35 CDT 2002

Hi Marc,

On Fri, Jun 14, 2002 at 12:18:48PM -0700, Marc M. Adkins wrote:
[ description of FastCGI ]
> Because it is a stand-alone process, the cgi startup time (opening database
> connections and the like) isn't an issue.  Because it is a separate process
> (not in the web server process space) you can do things like kill the
> process periodically and let the operating system reclaim the memory.

It isn't relegating the content generation and http serving to separate
processes that gives one these abilities.  

When running under mod_perl, it is quite easy to periodically kill off
long running processes, to let the os reclaim memory. For example, see
Apache::GTopLimit, which allows one to set memory usage limits for httpd

The Apache::Resources module allows one to limit the amount of CPU time
(or other resources) that an instance of httpd is allowed to consume.
I'd like to see you accomplish that with FastCGI. ;-)


Have fun,

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