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It was thus said that the Great Axel Kittenberger once stated:
> And yes this applies to config files as well. I used Lua like this and got
> negative feedback of people complaining there wasn't any notification
> because they misspelled a variable. So instead after the user config file
> finished, I made a loop that checks if any unknown variables are in global
> space and error if so.

  For this use case, I think it would be easier to do this:

	  host = "localhost",
	  port = 8080,
	  datadir = '/tmp',
	  syslog =
	    id = 'my-daemon',
	    facility = 'local1',

	  __newindex = function(_,key)
	    error(string.format("invalid config parameter: %s",key),2)

	f = loadfile(arg[1] or "config.txt","t",CONF)
	okay,err = pcall(f)
	if not okay then print(err) end

  You can set default values, and you get error checking:

	[spc]lucy:/tmp/bar>lua-53 read.lua 
	config.txt:2: invalid config parameter: plort

	[spc]lucy:/tmp/bar>lua-53 read.lua 
	config.txt:5: attempt to index a nil value (global 'sylog')