Fyi: perl-5.7.3/pod/perldelta.pod says

Incompatible Changes
     64-bit platforms and malloc

     If your pointers are 64 bits wide, the Perl malloc is no
     longer being used because it does not work well with 8-byte
     pointers.  Also, usually the system mallocs on such
     platforms are much better optimized for such large memory
     models than the Perl malloc.  Some memory-hungry Perl
     applications like the PDL don't work well with Perl's
     malloc.  Finally, other applications than Perl (like
     modperl) tend to prefer the system malloc.  Such platforms
     include Alpha and 64-bit HPPA, MIPS, PPC, and Sparc.

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