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curl_easy_init(3)               libcurl Manual               curl_easy_init(3)

       curl_easy_init - Start a libcurl easy session

       #include <curl/curl.h>

       CURL *curl_easy_init( );

       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  MUST  have  a  corresponding  call  to
       curl_easy_cleanup(3) when the operation is complete.

       If  you  did not already call curl_global_init(3), curl_easy_init(3) does it automatically.  This may be lethal
       in multi-threaded cases, since curl_global_init(3) is not thread-safe, and it may result in  resource  problems
       because there is no corresponding cleanup.

       You  are  strongly advised to not allow this automatic behaviour, by calling curl_global_init(3) yourself prop-
       erly.  See the description in libcurl(3) of global environment requirements for details  of  how  to  use  this

       If this function returns NULL, something went wrong and you cannot use the other curl functions.

       curl_easy_cleanup(3), curl_global_init(3), curl_easy_reset(3)

libcurl 7.8.1                    4 March 2002                curl_easy_init(3)