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> On POSIX systems you can use the access(2) and stat(2) system calls.
> But please notice that Ansi C knows only (at most, ie not in
> standalone or embedded implementations) about files (thru <stdio.h>)
> and does *not* know about directories.
> Perhaps we could wish a Lua interface to major Posix calls, but this
> is a big work (and would make lua quite big).
> Regards.

It already exists, though will probably need to be ported to Lua 5.
Look here for Lua poslib.

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