OK, get me clear on this, are you parsing the entire files, or just extracting certain information from them? If it's the latter you do have other means available. And also, how fast is the process of downloading them. How long to does it take to DL the eighty, without doing the parsing?
I noticed that your server is setup nearly identical to my hosts' and to my localhost machine, including safe mode OFF. So you have available something called SED, the stream editor, which can perform many perl like tasks, and do them very fast.
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