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"Leonardo Maciel" <> wrote:

> What do you mean by a temporary directory? Temporary files are automatically
> deleted when closed or upon program termination. Do you need the same
> semantics on your temporary directory?

Yes, exactly.  I wouldn't care for manually removing it, but during
execution I need a directory in which I can create arbitrary filenames
without the danger of overwriting anything which already exists.

> If you have no need for portability

I do have that need - one of the points of writing this in lua is to be
able to run it on any system with TeX, including luaTeX, installed.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)