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Sorry, I am confused then; I thought there were already several
non-standard libraries that implemented this functionality, ex LuaCheia.
What is it you think is missing?

If you were to make your own library, it wouldn't be much harder than
exporting a subset of POSIX to Lua and compiling the source with
gcc/mingw.  That should take care of nix/win32/mac.  A library that did
anything more than this would be redundant I think, since you would be
re-implementing a lot of POSIX-like functions on windows, which has
already been done rather nicely by mingw.

Assuming they are written well, it should be trivial to port any Lua
POSIX library to windows or mac.

On Sat, 2006-01-07 at 00:14 -0500, Diego Nehab wrote:
> Hi,
> > You misinterpret my intent. I propose a lightweight extension library
> > that is not part of the "standard" library.
> > And no I dont see this as python or perl competitior. Just extending
> > the Lua offering.
> I agree. It wouldn't be distributed with Lua, and wouldn't stop anyone
> from using Lua when the library isn't supported.
> I think this is important. I have almost implemented a multi-purpose
> directory listing function myself. Would be a cool iterator.
> This month is pretty bad for me (SIGGRAPH), but next month I will be in
> Brazil...
> Regards,
> Diego.