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> Whoa, I completely missed this because I usually trust 5.3.x versions
> to bring no user-visible changes, so I didn't pay close attention.

We thought it would not bring user-visbile changes. That is why we trust
our user base to help us, testing release candidates when they are
released. (This problem is there since rc1, many days ago...)

> Are you aware that this breaks a lot of code out there? Every project
> embedding Lua out there which relies on the environment paths will no
> longer be able to find its modules.
> To confirm my suspicions, I just installed Lua 5.3.4-rc2 in my system
> and, as I expected, my desktop simply no longer starts, because I
> happen to use Awesome WM, a window manager scriptable in Lua.
> Please, do not make such a severely breaking change in a 5.3.x release.

We did not realize that. It will be corrected.

-- Roberto