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<p class="level0"><a name="NAME"></a><h2 class="nroffsh">NAME</h2>
<p class="level0">curl_easy_init - Start a libcurl easy session <a name="SYNOPSIS"></a><h2 class="nroffsh">SYNOPSIS</h2>
<p class="level0"><span Class="bold">#include &lt;curl/curl.h&gt;</span>
<p class="level0"><span Class="bold">CURL *curl_easy_init( );</span>
<p class="level0"><a name="DESCRIPTION"></a><h2 class="nroffsh">DESCRIPTION</h2>
<p class="level0">This function must be the first function to call, and it returns a CURL easy handle that you must use as input to other easy-functions. curl_easy_init initializes curl and this call <span Class="bold">MUST</span> have a corresponding call to <a class="emphasis" href="./curl_easy_cleanup.html">curl_easy_cleanup(3)</a> when the operation is complete.
<p class="level0">If you did not already call <a class="emphasis" href="./curl_global_init.html">curl_global_init(3)</a>, <a class="emphasis" href="./curl_easy_init.html">curl_easy_init(3)</a> does it automatically. This may be lethal in multi-threaded cases, since <a class="emphasis" href="./curl_global_init.html">curl_global_init(3)</a> is not thread-safe, and it may result in resource problems because there is no corresponding cleanup.
<p class="level0">You are strongly advised to not allow this automatic behaviour, by calling <a class="emphasis" href="./curl_global_init.html">curl_global_init(3)</a> yourself properly. See the description in <span Class="bold">libcurl</span>(3) of global environment requirements for details of how to use this function.
<p class="level0"><a name="RETURN"></a><h2 class="nroffsh">RETURN VALUE</h2>
<p class="level0">If this function returns NULL, something went wrong and you cannot use the other curl functions. <a name="SEE"></a><h2 class="nroffsh">SEE ALSO</h2>
<p class="level0"><a class="manpage" href="./curl_easy_cleanup.html">curl_easy_cleanup (3)</a> <a class="manpage" href="./curl_global_init.html"> curl_global_init (3)</a> <a class="manpage" href="./curl_easy_reset.html"> curl_easy_reset (3)</a> <p class="roffit">
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