gnutls_privkey_init — API function


#include <gnutls/abstract.h>

int gnutls_privkey_init(gnutls_privkey_t * key);


gnutls_privkey_t * key

A pointer to the type to be initialized


This function will initialize a private key object. The object can be used to generate, import, and perform cryptographic operations on the associated private key.

Note that when the underlying private key is a PKCS11 key (i.e., when imported with a PKCS11 URI), the limitations of gnutls_pkcs11_privkey_init() apply to this object as well. In versions of GnuTLS later than 3.5.11 the object is protected using locks and a single gnutls_privkey_t can be re-used by many threads. However, for performance it is recommended to utilize one object per key per thread.


On success, GNUTLS_E_SUCCESS (0) is returned, otherwise a negative error value.



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