[sf-perl] making perl compile phase faster

Christopher Taranto christopher at tokpela.com
Fri Apr 29 14:37:45 PDT 2011

These look pretty old but maybe they are worth looking at.


On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM, Michael Friedman <
friedman at highwire.stanford.edu> wrote:

> I'm having a lucky day, so why not test it...
> At my site, we run a lot of command-line perl scripts. Unfortunately, we
> also have 2794 perl modules. Some of our scripts load up thousands of lines
> of perl code before they can do anything, even display a usage statement.
> Generally, from the time you hit <return> it's at least 5 seconds before
> anything happens, often longer, because perl has to load in all the required
> modules.
> At one point, I looked into using SelfLoader and making every method into
> an autoloaded method, but that failed on some of our important modules
> because they were not coded to be as... we'll go with "clean"... as I would
> like. And since we have thousands of modules, any solution has to be
> automated across nearly everything to work. I can't get in the way of the
> rest of the development team's work, even for a noticeable performance gain.
> So, let me ask y'all:
> 1. Is there anything approaching a "perl compiler" these days? (Something
> that does the compile stage early and lets you then just run the binary
> later.)
> 2. Is there a better option than SelfLoader now, for only compiling the
> methods that you are actually using instead of all of them? (As you would
> guess, a 1,000+ line perl module has a lot of things in it that you don't
> need for any one script.)
> 3. Are there ways of marking up methods so they don't get parsed and
> compiled until they're needed?
> Thanks for any advice, tips, or tricks!
> -- Mike
> PS - We aren't using Moose or anything like that. All the modules are
> hash-based, generic Perl objects and function libraries. If there's a class
> structure framework or something that could take care of this partial
> compilation for me, that'd work too.
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