I use "PerlConfigRequire /var/www/html/mypath/startup.pl" in httpd.conf to recompile all the CGIs. Inside startup.pl, I added the line:

use lib qw(. mylib);

To me amazement, after all the CGI is precompiled, they start to look into the "." and "mylib" path for loading Perl Modules without even having the line [use lib qw(. mylib);] incorporated in each individual cgi script.

Can someone explain to me why this is the case? Is the mod_perl startup.pl script simply becomes the parent apache process for all the preloaded CGIs?

If I remove mod_perl, can I use the

PerlSetEnv -I/var/www/html/mypath -I/var/www/html/mypath/lib

to achieve the same result.

This will make a profound effect on my CGI directory because whatever I installed will no longer affect the system perl module search path. In effect, this will make my application self contained and making trouble shooting make easier.

- C Chan