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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I've been a heavy user of Linux vservers (see also: OpenVZ and the other one whose name I forget; and BSD 'jails') for a number of years. They are similar in concept to your chroot solution except much more convenient to use. They are lightweight because the virtual servers don't run their own kernels - they share the host kernel but with key structures like the process table partitioned into separate namespaces.

    I've found this type of virtualisation to be invaluable in the 'staging' or 'User Acceptance Test' environment. If an application will be split across multiple servers in production (eg: DB server, app server, frontend web server), then you really want your staging environment to be configured the same way. Doing it with virtual servers is a cheap and effective solution.