[sane-devel] Need help with Canon scanner

Rolf Bensch rolf at bensch-online.de
Mon Aug 24 20:13:54 UTC 2015

Hi Alan,

You must install xsane with your package manager. Please check in xsane
the used Sane version (File -> Info or CTRL+I). It must be 1.0.25.

If we're talking about scanner devices we don't talk about Linux
devices. They are USB or BJNP or MFNP devices, depending on the selected
interface. You always need a frontend (scanimage, xsane, ...) to talk
with your scanner device, e.g. to scan an image!


Am 23.08.2015 um 19:15 schrieb Alan McConnell:
> On Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 11:31:30PM +0200, Rolf Bensch wrote:
>> Hi Alan,
>> This time with one 'l'.
>           <G>  Vielen Dank!
>> 'scanimage -h' shows all options of your scanner, if you scanner has
>> been switched to "Remote Scanner" mode before. Some options come from
>> the backend and are not described in the doc of scanimage. Please read
>> the manpage of the Pixma backend: 'man sane-pixma' and note that button
>> scan isn't supported for your scanner.
>          I checked that already.  That is fine with me.  It is easy
> 	 for me to half-rise from my chair, press the Scan button
> 	 on the Canon . . . and then issue my scanimage command
> 	 The sane-pixma man page speaks of the 'device pixma'; but
> 	 I have tried  ls /dev/pixma" and am told that a device
> 	 with such a name doesn't exist.  There is confusion here?
> 	 or is 'pixma . ." hidden in some subdirectory?
>> Alternatively to scanimage I'm using xsane as gui frontend.
>   	 I would love to try xsane, simple-scan, etc!  But I
> 	 think I have to install some front-ends(?) or utils,
> 	 and I am fearful of breaking what now seems to work
> 	 quite well.  Suggestions?
>> Hope this helps.
>          It does indeed!  This morning I was able to scan
> 	 the very colorful Japenese advertisement I wrote of
> 	 yesterdeay, but today in Gray scale.
> My new desires: what /dev/ is this Canon scanner? and how to
> use other front-ends?  are just that: desires.  They are not
> needs.  Again, I am most grateful!!
> Alan

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