A valid question. My guess is yes, but that's based on tuning the custom C program based on what system it runs on. It also depends if this is a one-time job or a weekly/monthly thing, as my initial post said. For a one-time thing, definitely go Perl. For a weekly job, it's worth the investment to write a really well-tuned, optimized C program.
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