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.TH curl_easy_recv 3 "29 April 2008" "libcurl 7.18.2" "libcurl Manual"
curl_easy_recv - receives raw data on an "easy" connection
.B #include <curl/easy.h>
.BI "CURLcode curl_easy_recv( CURL *" curl ", void *" buffer ","
.BI "size_t " buflen ", size_t *" n ");"
This function receives raw data from the established connection. You may use
it together with \fIcurl_easy_send(3)\fP to implement custom protocols using
libcurl. This functionality can be particularly useful if you use proxies
and/or SSL encryption: libcurl will take care of proxy negotiation and
connection set-up.
\fBbuffer\fP is a pointer to your buffer that will get the received
data. \fBbuflen\fP is the maximum amount of data you can get in that
buffer. The variable \fBn\fP points to will receive the number of received
To establish the connection, set \fICURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY(3)\fP option before
calling \fIcurl_easy_perform(3)\fP or \fIcurl_multi_perform(3)\fP. Note that
\fIcurl_easy_recv(3)\fP does not work on connections that were created without
this option.
The call will return \fBCURLE_AGAIN\fP if there is no data to read - the
socket is used in non-blocking mode internally. When \fBCURLE_AGAIN\fP is
returned, use your operating system facilities like \fIselect(2)\fP to wait
for data. The socket may be obtained using \fIcurl_easy_getinfo(3)\fP with
Wait on the socket only if \fIcurl_easy_recv(3)\fP returns \fBCURLE_AGAIN\fP.
The reason for this is libcurl or the SSL library may internally cache some
data, therefore you should call \fIcurl_easy_recv(3)\fP until all data is
read which would include any cached data.
Furthermore if you wait on the socket and it tells you there is data to read,
\fIcurl_easy_recv(3)\fP may return \fBCURLE_AGAIN\fP if the only data that was
read was for internal SSL processing, and no other data is available.
Added in 7.18.2.
On success, returns \fBCURLE_OK\fP, stores the received data into
\fBbuffer\fP, and the number of bytes it actually read into \fB*n\fP.
On failure, returns the appropriate error code.
The function may return \fBCURLE_AGAIN\fP. In this case, use your operating
system facilities to wait until data can be read, and retry.
Reading exactly 0 bytes indicates a closed connection.
If there's no socket available to use from the previous transfer, this function
See \fBsendrecv.c\fP in \fBdocs/examples\fP directory for usage example.
.BR curl_easy_setopt "(3), " curl_easy_perform "(3), "
.BR curl_easy_getinfo "(3), "
.BR curl_easy_send "(3) "