[sane-devel] can't make my scanner work

Olaf Meeuwissen paddy-hack at member.fsf.org
Sun Aug 12 02:02:46 BST 2018

Hi João,

João Teodósio writes:

> Hello!
> I recently upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 and my Brother DCP-150C scanner
> isn't working. I have sane-utils installed and I did all the
> procedures as stated here:
> https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/15

I took a quick look at those instructions.  They include this

  sudo ln -sf /usr/lib64/libbrscandec*.so* /usr/lib
  sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/sane
  sudo ln -sf /usr/lib64/sane/libsane-brother*.so* /usr/lib/sane

but it looks like Ubuntu has dropped /usr/lib/ and nowadays only looks
for libraries in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/.  See


You can clean up the result of the instructions above with

  sudo rm /usr/lib/sane/libsane-brother*.so*
  sudo rmdir /usr/lib/sane
  sudo rm /usr/lib/libbrscandec*.so*

and instead use

  sudo ln -sf /usr/lib64/libbrscandec*.so* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
  sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane
  sudo ln -sf /usr/lib64/sane/libsane-brother*.so* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane

This is all untested but I think this will fix things for you.

Hope this helps,
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