[Catalyst] Catalyst handling big files?

Tomas Doran bobtfish at bobtfish.net
Fri Aug 13 11:39:40 GMT 2010

On 13 Aug 2010, at 12:22, Alex Povolotsky wrote:
> I'm working on processing relatively big (10+Mb) XML files, and it  
> seems to me that Catalyst is taking an awful lot of time on some  
> internal processing before call to handler, using surprisingly 200  
> MBs of RAM (about 40 MBs before request)
> Can I somehow improve Catalyst's performance?

Vague question is vague.

I very much doubt that this is a Catalyst issue. You know that  
Catalyst log lines are batched till the end of request by default,  

I think that you'll find that you are sucking 10Mb+ of XML into perl  
(using _significantly_ more memory for a large scalar), and then  
munging over it in some way to produce a huge data structure (which is  
also in RAM).

So, this is nothing to do with Catalyst - if you load a massive scalar  
into RAM, and then parse that into a massive data structure, it's  
going to use a lot of RAM, full stop...

Maybe a streaming (SAX parser?) based approach would be better so that  
you never read the entire file into RAM.


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