Here is a skeleton of what you want.
my $max_threads = 5;
my $fork_mgr = new Parallel::ForkManager($max_threads);
my($child_pid, $exit_code, $child_id, $exit_signal, $core_dump
+) = @_;
# Code to store the results from each thread go here.
foreach my $item (@big_list)
$fork_mgr->start($url_ent) and next URL
# Code in this block will run in parallel
my $result = do_stuff($item);
# Store the final result. The value you pass to finish will be
# received by the sub you defined in run_on_finish
# Now all child threads have finished,
# your results should be available.
A few extra tips:
If you are running this code in the perl debugger, then you might want to debug the child threads. If so, run your program in a unix/linux xterm window. The debugger will create new xterm windows for each child thread, so you can separately step through the parent and the children
Conversely, if you don't want to step through the children, and your screen is filling up with windows from child threads, you can use the debug option: o inhibit_exit=0 To suppress the display of windows for child threads that finish without hitting a breakpoint.</c>