gnutls_global_init(3) gnutls gnutls_global_init(3)

NAME gnutls_global_init - API function

SYNOPSIS #include <gnutls/gnutls.h>

int gnutls_global_init( void);


DESCRIPTION This function initializes the global data to defaults. Every gnutls application has a global data which holds common parameters shared by gnutls session structures. You should call gnutls_global_deinit() when gnutls usage is no longer needed

Note that this function will also initialize the underlying crypto backend, if it has not been initialized before.

This function increment a global counter, so that gnutls_global_deinit() only releases resources when it has been called as many times as gnutls_global_init(). This is useful when GnuTLS is used by more than one library in an application. This function can be called many times, but will only do something the first time.

Note! This function is not thread safe. If two threads call this function simultaneously, they can cause a race between checking the global counter and incrementing it, causing both threads to execute the library initialization code. That would lead to a memory leak. To handle this, your application could invoke this function after aquiring a thread mutex. To ignore the potential memory leak is also an option.

RETURNS On success, GNUTLS_E_SUCCESS (zero) is returned, otherwise an error code is returned.

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs to <>. GnuTLS home page: General help using GNU software:

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation. Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification, are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright notice and this notice are preserved.

SEE ALSO The full documentation for gnutls is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and gnutls programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info gnutls

should give you access to the complete manual.

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