Re: alternatives to sane in scanner software.......
From: Andrew Sackville-West <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: alternatives to sane in scanner software.......
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 16:27:04 -0800
On Fri, Dec 08, 2006 at 12:24:35AM +0000, Michael Fothergill wrote:
> Hello after a while on this. I have tried xsane in Debian and Fedora
> I am blue in the face and I can't get it to work. I am starting to
> the only way to get a scanner to work in Linux is if you write the
> in assembler code and hire an idiot savant to configure it.
no, just a lot of monkeys.
seriously though, what scanner? I missed it if you mentioned it
It is a Benq 4300 U
I scan using and HP PSC all-in-one money pit and it works flawlessly
Maybe its worth buying this scanner. Is it a SCSI one? Maybe they work
more easily in sane and xane.....
> I get all these weird I/O output crashes. Sane sort of works but is
> sometimes. I have tried the gimp quite insane thing and it also dies
> the I/O problem.
how about some output for us to look at?
OK. BUt Xsane just produces one line error messages to the screen. If it
writes a log file somewhere or could set up to do so as a job then this
Sane and the probes of sane success in detecting the scanner produce lots of
nice output. I have planted it on numerous sites and bored the pants off
people with it but have not yet got any joy. The last two mailing lists
resulted in no response at all with any suggestion of how to improve things.
I think mine is a genuinely tough case.
> Vuescan works instantly and effusively. But it is proprietary. Does
> anyone know of some even really crappy alternative? What is xscanimage?
> Does it work? Is it in the packages?
I believe xscanimage is in the repos: apt-cache search is your friend
andrew@debian:~$ apt-cache show sane
Maintainer: Julien BLACHE <email@example.com>
Replaces: sane-gimp1.2, sane-gimp1.3
Depends: libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.9.0), libc6 (>= 2.3.5-1), libgimp2.0 (>=
2.2.0+rel), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.8.0), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.6.0),
libieee1284-3, libjpeg62, libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.8.2), libsane (>=
1.0.11-3), libusb-0.1-4 (>= 2:0.1.10a)
Conflicts: sane-gimp1.2, sane-gimp1.3
Description: scanner graphical frontends
This package includes :
o xscanimage, a scanner graphical frontend with GIMP 2.0 support
o scanadf, a command-line frontend for scanners with Automatic
Document Feeder o xcam, for acquiring images continuously from
An alternative to xscanimage called xsane is packaged separately.
The scanner frontends use SANE. SANE stands for "Scanner Access Now
Easy" and is an application programming interface (API) that provides
standardized access to any raster image scanner hardware (flatbed
scanner, hand-held scanner, video- and still-cameras, frame-grabbers,
etc.). The SANE standard is free and its discussion and development
open to everybody. The current source code is written to support
operating systems, including GNU/Linux, OS/2, Win32 and various
and is available under the GNU General Public License (commercial
applications and backends are welcome, too, however).
Tag: interface::x11, role::sw:application, uitoolkit::gtk,
use::downloading, works-with::image:raster, x11::application
as you can see, it comes with the sane package.
> Even an abacus connected to the scanner would be better than nothing.
> coujld GPL it.
printing would be tough.
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