|Think about Loose Coupling|
Re: mod_perl installed but not fasterby ajt (Prior)
|on Oct 18, 2002 at 10:55 UTC||Need Help??|
A Perl script runs at the same speed independent of the interpretor's location: embedded (mod_Perl) or external (CGI). As Perl is big and can be slow to load via CGI, it's by avoiding this (Perl loads only once when you start Apache) that mod_Perl gains it's speed advantage.
If you want to load and run many small Perl sctipts then mod_Perl will make a huge difference. If you want to load and run only a few long running scripts then CGI is probably good enough.
There are other advantages to mod_Perl, for example you can get at the innards of Apache from Perl, but with this and other advantages comes complexity.
Unless I miss understand what you are doing, you are only timing the script in action, not the time to start the script and run it. Which is why they take the same amount of time to run, but the mod_perl one should start faster.
I hope you plan to upgrade Apache, the version you quote is a we bit old and there are know security problems with it. Actually, I think the same can be said of RH6.2.
Update: If you are curious about mod_Perl is then also look here: