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--- In lua-l@y..., Martin Spernau <martin@t...> wrote:
> Yes, I would have expected it to NOT work on win9x...
> Can anybody confirm/deny if this should work on win9x?

I've experimented a little bit on Win98 (second edition) with my pipe-
enabled version of Lua4 (compiled with lcc-win32 3.3).

I created a simple file:

   readfrom("| dir /b /s *.lua")

and tried changing the command options (and the command itself).

It always worked flawlessy when executed from the command line 
(.\lcc\lua -f test.lua) but I experienced a couple of system hanging 
when I tried to give the commands interactively:

Lua 4.0.1  Copyright (C) 1994-2000 TeCGraf, PUC-Rio
> readfrom("| dir /b /s *.lua")
      HANGS (not always)!
I'm not so deep in the knowledge of Windows internals but I suspect 
it depends on the way Win98 handles the console (Win2K is much more 

Hope it helps.