[sane-devel] Canon MF212w Scanner and SANE

Olaf Meeuwissen paddy-hack at member.fsf.org
Thu Dec 3 10:52:29 UTC 2015

Hi Scott,

monkity writes:

> Hi Olaf,
> Olaf writes:
>> [...]
>>Have you tried sane-backends-1.0.25.  That versions claims that support
>>for the MF210 Series was added to the pixma backend.
>>Seeing that you are using Linux Mint, I *guess* that you get your SANE
>>backends via the Ubuntu package archives.  The version in Ubuntu's wily
>>(1.0.25+git20150528) appears to be new enough.
>># The Changelog mention the addition on 2015-04-03.
> Unfortunately nothing is that easy.  Mint doesn't download the 1.0.25
> backend with SANE; in fact it doesn't seem to do anything with respect
> to backends.  I'm afraid I'm going to have to build the backend from
> scratch, and I have no experience with this.
> I did find a copy of 1.0.25 on
> http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/pst/sane.html.
> That page, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/sane, and others aren't
> really designed for Mint and newbies though.  Where should I start?

Uh-oh, newbie alert ;-)

First, check that you have the libsane package installed.  From a
terminal, run

  $ dpkg-query -W libsane

If that produces something like

  libsane:amd64    1.0.25-2

things look good.  If, instead you get something like

  dpkg-query: no packages found matching libsane

there is more work to do but I assume for now that libsane is found.
# If not, stop here and get back to me via the mailing list.

In that case, you can probably get away with downloading the Ubuntu
libsane package from


Just make sure to pick the correct architecture.

Once downloaded, run

  $ sudo dpkg -i libsane-1.0.25+git20150528-1ubuntu2_amd64.deb

and you should be good to go.

Hope this helps,
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