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Perl with a Samba mount
IMHO you'll always come across performance bumps when using network drives. How can you tell for sure that non-perl programs don't have that problem? Are they accessing those 60,000 files as well? For Perl, a file is a file, no creed or col.. uhm no extension or filesystem makes really a difference. That's all stuff the underlying OS will have to do.
Ofcourse, chances are someone with p5p will now smack me right in the face and deny every little detail of my node :) but that's how it makes most sense to me.
... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.