The logical operators in Lua are
and, or, and not.
Like the control structures (see §2.4.4),
all logical operators consider both false and nil as false
and anything else as true.
The negation operator not always returns false or true.
The conjunction operator and returns its first argument
if this value is false or nil;
otherwise, and returns its second argument.
The disjunction operator or returns its first argument
if this value is different from nil and false;
otherwise, or returns its second argument.
Both and and or use short-cut evaluation;
the second operand is evaluated only if necessary.
Here are some examples:
10 or 20 --> 10
10 or error() --> 10
nil or "a" --> "a"
nil and 10 --> nil
false and error() --> false
false and nil --> false
false or nil --> nil
10 and 20 --> 20
(In this manual,
--> indicates the result of the preceding expression.)