[sane-devel] MP210 or PIXMA MP210 under Slackware13.0 not working...

Bradley D. Thornton Bradley at NorthTech.US
Sat Mar 6 12:20:56 UTC 2010

Hey thanks Nicolas!

Slackware 13.0 ships with 1.0.19, and in the Slackware-current 
repository there were packages for 1.0.20, which broke everything until 
I upgraded lib4vl and installed libjpeg, then everything sprung to life.

There was (I think a man page) that explained that canon630u worked with 
the MP210, but I'm guessing there's a difference between the PIXMA MP210 
and the other, which was autodetected.

I removed the autodetected MP210 in canon630u and added 'pixma' in 
dll.conf - even though the pixma.conf file was already there.

There's still nothing in my pixma.conf file, which has me scratching my 
head, but xsane is totally rocking now :)

I'm not sure if I would have had permission problems as an unpriv'd user 
or not, but from the get go I added the unpriv'd uid to the following in 
/etc/group: plugdev, and scanner, among others.

I d/l'd a script from a friend to detect and set perms, and placed it in 
/etc/rc.d/rc.local, but again, I don't know if that was really needed to 
help since the scanner still didn't work until I upgraded to sane-1.0.20 
with the two other libraries.

I'm going to set up an old dummy box to check and see exactly where the 
device will start working, by beginning immediately with the upgrade of 
the backend and libs, and then take it from there so I can do a write up 
for the next poor soul who finds himself in the same pickle as I was in 
too :)

Thanks for all your work on this project and your support as well!

Kindest regards,


Nicolas Martin wrote:
> MP210 is well supported by Sane (should be OK with 1.0.20, but better
> install Sane git and recompile now that you're here), I don't know which
> version of Sane ships with Slackware 13.0, but the MP210 is a Pixma
> model, and uses the Sane pixma backend to operate. NOT canon630u.
> After browsing quickly through the thread you're indicating, here are
> some pointers to help you set up your Pixma:
> - be sure the pixma backend is enabled in dll.conf
> - check the version of Sane you're using. MP210 is supported since Sane
> 1.0.20, but better install Sane git as you'll benefit from latest
> enhancements and fixes
> - check the usb perms. This is is a recurring issue, so first try under
> root to have your scanner recognized and handled. If it works with root,
> then go ahead with a normal user account, and check the perms the
> scanner gets for r & w, you can use the udev rules if your distribution
> uses them to tweak the usb devices perms.
> - take some logs to see in more depth what's going on:
> $ export SANE_DEBUG_PIXMA=11
> $ scanimage -L
> $ scanimage -T
> These commands will become your friends.
> Hope it helps, good luck, and feel free to post if you need more help.
> Nicolas
> Le vendredi 05 mars 2010 à 17:33 -0800, Bradley D. Thornton a écrit :
>> Hello.
>> I've been having some difficulties in setting up my PIXMA MP210 scanner 
>> under Slackware 13.0.
>> I could really use some help here, and to save a long, drawn out 
>> explanation here covering everything I've been wrestling with over the 
>> last two days, There is a very detailed thread I've posted here:
>> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/problems-setting-up-scanner-in-slackware-13.0-793324/
>> Basically, my scanner is being detected as an MP210 just fine, but it's 
>> using the canon630u.conf, and there wasn't any pixma.conf in 
>> /etc/sane.d/, although there is a pixma entry in dll.conf as well as a 
>> canon630u entry.
>> Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. This has me pulling my hair 
>> out :)

Kindest regards,

Bradley D. Thornton
Manager Network Services
NorthTech Computer
TEL: +1.760.666.2703

More information about the sane-devel mailing list