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ASN1_STRING_length(3SSL)		     OpenSSL			 ASN1_STRING_length(3SSL)

NAME
       ASN1_STRING_dup, ASN1_STRING_cmp, ASN1_STRING_set, ASN1_STRING_length,
       ASN1_STRING_length_set, ASN1_STRING_type, ASN1_STRING_data - ASN1_STRING utility functions

SYNOPSIS
	#include <openssl/asn1.h>

	int ASN1_STRING_length(ASN1_STRING *x);
	unsigned char * ASN1_STRING_data(ASN1_STRING *x);

	ASN1_STRING * ASN1_STRING_dup(ASN1_STRING *a);

	int ASN1_STRING_cmp(ASN1_STRING *a, ASN1_STRING *b);

	int ASN1_STRING_set(ASN1_STRING *str, const void *data, int len);

	int ASN1_STRING_type(ASN1_STRING *x);

	int ASN1_STRING_to_UTF8(unsigned char **out, ASN1_STRING *in);

DESCRIPTION
       These functions allow an ASN1_STRING structure to be manipulated.

       ASN1_STRING_length() returns the length of the content of x.

       ASN1_STRING_data() returns an internal pointer to the data of x.  Since this is an
       internal pointer it should not be freed or modified in any way.

       ASN1_STRING_dup() returns a copy of the structure a.

       ASN1_STRING_cmp() compares a and b returning 0 if the two are identical. The string types
       and content are compared.

       ASN1_STRING_set() sets the data of string str to the buffer data or length len. The
       supplied data is copied. If len is -1 then the length is determined by strlen(data).

       ASN1_STRING_type() returns the type of x, using standard constants such as
       V_ASN1_OCTET_STRING.

       ASN1_STRING_to_UTF8() converts the string in to UTF8 format, the converted data is
       allocated in a buffer in *out. The length of out is returned or a negative error code. The
       buffer *out should be free using OPENSSL_free().

NOTES
       Almost all ASN1 types in OpenSSL are represented as an ASN1_STRING structure. Other types
       such as ASN1_OCTET_STRING are simply typedefed to ASN1_STRING and the functions call the
       ASN1_STRING equivalents.  ASN1_STRING is also used for some CHOICE types which consist
       entirely of primitive string types such as DirectoryString and Time.

       These functions should not be used to examine or modify ASN1_INTEGER or ASN1_ENUMERATED
       types: the relevant INTEGER or ENUMERATED utility functions should be used instead.

       In general it cannot be assumed that the data returned by ASN1_STRING_data() is null
       terminated or does not contain embedded nulls. The actual format of the data will depend
       on the actual string type itself: for example for and IA5String the data will be ASCII,
       for a BMPString two bytes per character in big endian format, UTF8String will be in UTF8
       format.

       Similar care should be take to ensure the data is in the correct format when calling
       ASN1_STRING_set().

RETURN VALUES
SEE ALSO
       ERR_get_error(3)

HISTORY
1.0.0e					    2006-05-14			 ASN1_STRING_length(3SSL)
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