Python for CGI scripting

Steve Holden sholden at
Mon Aug 5 16:34:36 CEST 2002

"Dale Strickland-Clark" <dale at> wrote in message
news:tj2tkus12t5g0dgf71d65c5ej0gr04ipfi at
> We've already used Python for CGI scripting in small projects and it
> worked well.
> We're now considering it for web projects with much higher hit rates.
> I'm a bit worried about how it will scale.
> Each hit on the site will call a CGI script which will load a new copy
> of Python, taking time to load off disk and occupying at least another
> 5MB.
> Has anyone else addressed this issue? If so, how?
> What are the prospects of a re-usable Python DLL?

You should at least consider the following options:

    1. mod_python

    2. mod_snake

    3. FastCGI

Each of these in some way allows you to take advantage of a Python
interpreter that was already loaded, and each requires a different
accomodation to its conditions in the CGI scripting technique you use.

Steve Holden                       
Python Web Programming      

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