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I don't know why, but just adding


doesn't quite work -- or rather, it works when a new console is
opened fresh for Lua (e.g if you double-click lua.exe from Windows
Explorer), but fails if you run lua from an existing console (by
"fails" I mean that 3 garbage characters are printed instead of the
snowman, indicating that the OEM codepage is being used instead
of UTF-8).

Probably, you have different fonts for different console windows?
CP_UTF8 does not work if your console window has raster font selected
(such as "Terminal").

A simple program consisting of four lines:
oldCP := GetConsoleOutputCP;
works just fine inside already opened console (tested on WinXP SP3)
provided the console has true-type-font assigned.