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> IIRC, the default windows notepad.exe (which is the 'best'/only plain
> text editor in the base windows install) only understands "\r\n"
> linebreaks, while the Lua copyright/history/install/readme files use
> standard *nix "\n" linebreaks. Hence viewing them will crush
> everything onto a single line.

I just loaded the 5.1.4 tar.gz file onto my Windows XP box,
and looked at the README file with notepad.

It looks quite fine...

I think the issue here is the tool which is used for opening
the package file. I use Winzip and I think it does the line end
conversion magic for me.

If I open the tar.gz with (cygwin) tar using xvfz  options then I get
files which  are not  "notepad compatible".

Maybe the lua source code package should also be distributed in
suitable .zip format. It might be safer bet regarding the new Windows
users ability to unpack it correctly.