[sane-devel] New magicolor backend for inclusion in git

Reinhold Kainhofer reinhold at kainhofer.com
Thu Jan 6 17:30:30 UTC 2011

As you know, I have been developing a magicolor backend for KONICA MINOLTA 
magicolor 1690MF devices (possibly also for other devices, but I don't have 
access to any other KONICA MINOLTA device that uses the same protocol -- The 
bizhub devices use a different protocol).

In my view, it is now in a state so that it can be included in sane-backends 
(I'm using it regularly with xsane). The git patches can be found at:

-) The first two (0001 and 0002) are for the sanei_usb functionality already 
send yesterday, 
-) 0003 is the actual backend, 
-) 0004 fixes some compiler warnings in byteorder.h, and 
-) 0005 includes only the changes from running autoreconf (i.e. no manual code 

The backend uses libsnmp (configure check added!) to optionally auto-detect a 
LAN-connected magicolor device. I have set the timeout to a very low value (a 
little more than 1 second!), so all systems without a magicolor scanning in 
the network are not held up by the SNMP auto-detection of the magicolor 
On the other hand, if the network is really slow, this might mean that we miss 
an SNMP response that takes longer than 1 second!

What do you think of this backend?

Reinhold Kainhofer, reinhold at kainhofer.com, http://reinhold.kainhofer.com/
 * Financial & Actuarial Math., Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria
 * http://www.fam.tuwien.ac.at/, DVR: 0005886
 * LilyPond, Music typesetting, http://www.lilypond.org

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