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>Maybe those interested in Lua as a stand alone scripting language (that is,
>for system scripting) would consider producing a new package, say "Lua-SS".

I think that was the idea of the now defunct Lua-Linux project.

>It would use the Lua core unmodified, but maybe extend the standard
>libraries towards a more POSIX-level functionality (as access to file dates,
>directory contents, etc. are essential to system scripting).

There is a POSIX Lua library: poslib.