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How to reduce perl memory usage?

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I would like to use Perl on an embedded device, which only has 64MB of RAM.
Are there any tricks to reduce the memory usage of the perl interpreter?

posted Oct 13, 2013 by Sanketi Garg

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You can try building the perl interpreter/run-time-library with support for some aspects of the core language compiled-out (like Unicode, threads, etc.). See the files in the core distribution such as "README" or "INSTALL". Otherwise, there are ways to reduce the memory consumption of a running perl process, especially those that avoid memory leaks such as those caused by circular references, preferring packed strings over arrays over hashes, and using specialized Perl/XS code for memory intensive code.

answer Oct 13, 2013 by Seema Siddique
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That 64 MB looks like room enough. Compile a perl without threads, debug. There is also a miniperl, that is used by the installer. But that is rather limited in options than in size.

Can still be interesting:
http://www.perlmonks.org/bare/?node_id=377735

Also check the malloc options.

answer Oct 13, 2013 by Jagan Mishra
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