[sane-devel] Compatibility of the Irisscan executive 4 scanner

Olaf Meeuwissen paddy-hack at member.fsf.org
Thu Sep 28 13:45:10 UTC 2017

Hi Alex,

Alex ARNAUD writes:

> Dear all,
> I install Debian GNU/Linux on computer for visual-impaired users and
> I've a request about the compatibility of a Irisscan executive 4 scanner.
> I've sought on the internet without finding any specific data about this
> model.

Based on a quick `git grep -i iris` on the sane-backends source code,
the only Irisscan device known to be supported is the "Express 2".  If
the "executive 4" has a USB port, could you provide the USB product ID?

Connect the device, power it up, run `lsusb` and post the output.

Maybe that will turn up extra information.  I am sceptical about
that though, but see below.

> Do you know if this model is compatible with Sane and if yes where I
> could find a tutorial to install it?

If you want to use SANE on Debian GNU/Linux, all you really need to do
is install the sane-utils package.  Next make sure that your users are
members of the scanner and you should be able to use the `scanimage`
command-line utility.

# That's assuming your scanner is supported, of course.

If you have sane-utils installed already (quite likely if you installed
a graphical desktop environment), could you also provide the output of
running `sane-find-scanner`?

# Normally I see rather little value in running this command, but seeing
# that the Irisscan Express 2 is Plustek manufactured and supported by
# the gt68xx backend, it might give a clue as to the chipset which might
# be of use determining how easy/difficult adding support would be in
# case someone is interested in doing so.
# That's a lot of "if"s, so don't hold your breath waiting for support
# if your scanner is not supported already ;-)

Hope this helps,
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