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>Pm's technique is an interesting way to get around 
>the "nobody has the necessary prerequisites installed" 
>problem that tends to be a issue for alternative build 

Indeed. I have my own build tree for Lua, from which I can build Lua as a 
stub linking to a Lua DLL plus package DLLs, a lua.exe with package DLLs 
which link back to it, or an all-in-one exe with packages 
statically-linked in (except for large ones, such as lxp, and for ones 
with non-free licences, such as lxysll, which has to be LGPL because xyssl 
itself is). And I can build for Windows or Linux. I am hoping to be able 
to have the luxury of building for OS X some time, but Apple's draconian 
restriction against virtualisation of their (open source based, if you 
don't mind :-) OS makes this unlikely...

...and I thought to do it in Lua, until I realised that I'd want to use my 
own build tree's Lua, else why have it, and then I'd have a bootstrap 
problem, and I so I ended up writing it in ...

...gawk, since it's standard both on Linux and in MSYS/MinGW.

Laugh if you will. I did.