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.TH curl_global_init 3 "11 May 2004" "libcurl 7.12" "libcurl Manual"
curl_global_init - Global libcurl initialisation
.B #include <curl/curl.h>
.BI "CURLcode curl_global_init(long " flags ");"
This function sets up the program environment that libcurl needs. Think of it
as an extension of the library loader.
This function must be called at least once within a program (a program is all
the code that shares a memory space) before the program calls any other
function in libcurl. The environment it sets up is constant for the life of
the program and is the same for every program, so multiple calls have the same
effect as one call.
The flags option is a bit pattern that tells libcurl exactly what features to
init, as described below. Set the desired bits by ORing the values together.
In normal operation, you must specify CURL_GLOBAL_ALL. Don't use any other
value unless you are familiar with it and mean to control internal operations of
\fBThis function is not thread safe.\fP You must not call it when any other
thread in the program (i.e. a thread sharing the same memory) is running.
This doesn't just mean no other thread that is using libcurl. Because
\fIcurl_global_init(3)\fP calls functions of other libraries that are
similarly thread unsafe, it could conflict with any other thread that uses
these other libraries.
If you are initializing libcurl from a Windows DLL you should not initialize it
from DllMain or a static initializer because Windows holds the loader lock
during that time and it could cause a deadlock.
See the description in \fIlibcurl(3)\fP of global environment requirements for
details of how to use this function.
Initialize everything possible. This sets all known bits except
(This flag's presence or absence serves no meaning since 7.57.0. The
description below is for older libcurl versions.)
Initialize SSL.
The implication here is that if this bit is not set, the initialization of the
SSL layer needs to be done by the application or at least outside of
libcurl. The exact procedure how to do SSL initialization depends on the TLS
backend libcurl uses.
Doing TLS based transfers without having the TLS layer initialized may lead to
unexpected behaviors.
Initialize the Win32 socket libraries.
The implication here is that if this bit is not set, the initialization of
winsock has to be done by the application or you risk getting undefined
behaviors. This option exists for when the initialization is handled outside
of libcurl so there's no need for libcurl to do it again.
Initialise nothing extra. This sets no bit.
A sensible default. It will init both SSL and Win32. Right now, this equals
the functionality of the \fBCURL_GLOBAL_ALL\fP mask.
This bit has no point since 7.69.0 but its behavior is instead the default.
Before 7.69.0: when this flag is set, curl will acknowledge EINTR condition
when connecting or when waiting for data. Otherwise, curl waits until full
timeout elapses. (Added in 7.30.0)
If this function returns non-zero, something went wrong and you cannot use the
other curl functions.
.BR curl_global_init_mem "(3), "
.BR curl_global_cleanup "(3), "
.BR curl_global_sslset "(3), "
.BR curl_easy_init "(3) "
.BR libcurl "(3) "