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I believe that LuaJIT's ffi can use symbols that are statically linked in, but I haven't tested it myself so I could be wrong. You can't use dlsym though in a static binary, so it might need some work. My plan to port ljsyscall to straight Lua without ffi though is to generate C bindings rather than writing them by hand. But I have done all the ioctl stuff in Lua not C so all I need is all the syscalls and structs defined and then all the ffi code for ioctls, netlink etc will just work; all the constants and so on are define on the Lua side (that has other issues like dealing with the ABI directly in Lua).

I might be tempted in your case just to use a huge initrd for now, it will be freed after boot anyway.

LuaJIT's "running" page http://luajit.org/running.html suggests linking with -E (gcc -Wl,-E) to make all your global symbols visible to dlsym() even when you statically link.

That's what we're doing in Snabb Switch http://snabb.co/snabbswitch/ to create a statically linked executable that heavily uses FFI. (Currently don't statically link libc though so I don't know if there is a particular gotcha there.)

I think it won't work if you statically link LuaJIT too. I think it still uses dlopen, which with glibc still needs the dynamic libc available at run time, and might not work with other libcs. But you could fake it all with a statically linked table of function pointers quite easily I guess.

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