[sane-devel] Newbie questions

m. allan noah kitno455 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 25 10:58:27 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 2:58 AM, Yury Tarasievich
<yury.tarasievich at gmail.com> wrote:
> Talking generally of unwritten backends, it's quite a shame, that the
> development cycle isn't "broken down" to some essential phases based on what
> hardware is used in the scanner, and much better documented. And yes, I've
> read backend-writing.txt, and everything in the doc/ section, and sifted the
> list.
> IF I were sufficiently proficient, I'd put into the SANE distribution the
> following for the "starters-ups": step-by-step procedures and code templates
> for 1) constructing the code starting up and shutting down the scanner; 2)
> same for switching the lamp on and off; 3) same for moving the caret up and
> down, for all speeds allowed by the controller. Such templates would rely on
> the documented routines in the "low-level" code. And so on, as I'm sure I'm
> missing a lot of things here.

Unfortunately it would be very difficult for us to provide anything
more than a template for new backends, as the protocol used, and even
the steps required vary drastically. Cheaper scanners will require
things like calibration and motor acceleration calculations, etc. More
expensive scanners don't need this kind of help.

The particular case of genesys is actually a slightly easier one,
since you can get datasheets for some of the chips, and there is an
existing backend to modify. If you don't have those luxuries, writing
a backend can be particularly frustrating, as with any reverse

That said, if there is something we can do better to help the new
backend author, we certainly accept patches to improve our docs and
code. You guys are in the best position to produce those changes.

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