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>I see... Hmmm, I'm not in favour of maintaining two different parsers.
>Maybe it would be better then to have a separate program that performs 
>these checks. A bit like 'lint' does for C. But such a thing could be 
>progammed relatively easy, I think, and why not in Lua itself?

A Lua parser written in Lua would be nice. I've started working on this
several times but never finished it...

>On another note, I would love the function that luac uses
>to dump lua functions and data to bytecode to become 
>a library that can easily be integrated with the lua interpreter. 

Lua 5.0 will have lua_dump and a dump function in the baselib.
A dump function is also available in 5.0 alpha experimentally. See src/luac.