[sane-devel] Is there any plan to support Web Devices Services (WDS) protocol?

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Sat Feb 24 17:22:11 UTC 2018

One other thought here:

If it were possible to implement a WDS server in SANE, it would open up
SANE to be used as a single central scan server for windows as well.  Set
up all of your scanners on a SANE server, then let youw windows and linux
boxes connect to that.  That would make life easier for sure...

On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 12:08 PM, Steven Santos <steven at simplycircus.com>

> This is a great project.  If it is successful, you will open up a ton of
> scanners for use with SANE
> More importantly, it gives a path for supporting just about ANY
> windows-only scanner in SANE, as seems windows 10 can export any local
> scanner via WSD
> I am assuming you found this documentation?
> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/
> whitepapers/implementing-web-services-on-devices-for-printing
> On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 11:10 AM, Patrick Roncagliolo <ronca.pat at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I found http://ws4d.org/dpws-explorer/ . It has a linux version, it can
>> help a bit with device detection and browse properties while developing a
>> proper scan software.
>> Here <https://sourceforge.net/projects/ws4d-javame/> is a java
>> implementation of the DPWS standard, and here
>> <http://trac.e-technik.uni-rostock.de/projects/ws4d-gsoap> a C/C++ one.
>> However, I found another batch of documentation of the standard, so
>> developing a simple working implementation targeted mainly to scan
>> capabilities isn't going to be difficult.
>> The C/C++ library posted above might be not suitable for sane backend
>> implementation, I don't think sane devs would allow adding such a large
>> gen-purpose dependency to codebase, and a lightweight implementation is
>> better IMHO.
>> Il giorno mar 6 feb 2018 alle ore 00:05 Patrick Roncagliolo <
>> ronca.pat at gmail.com> ha scritto:
>>> Hi,
>>> you can find a basic implementation of a WSD discovery scanner here:
>>> https://github.com/roncapat/WSD-python
>>> Here is a sample output (it detects a response from my MB2350):
>>> EndPoint Reference Address:
>>> urn:uuid:00000000-0000-1000-8000-f4813944662e
>>> Implemented Types:
>>> wsdp:Device
>>> wprt:PrintDeviceType
>>> wscn:ScanDeviceType
>>> Transport addresses:
>>> Basically, it retrieves an unique identifier, the capabilities of the
>>> devices (MB2350 is both printer and scanner), and an HTTP address for later
>>> use.
>>> More coming. Understanding the protocol with an easy language as Python
>>> with no API constraints helps to bootstrap a working implementation, but
>>> ideally the next step would be a true backend implementation.
>>> Patrick Roncagliolo
>>> Il giorno lun 5 feb 2018 alle ore 16:25 Patrick Roncagliolo <
>>> ronca.pat at gmail.com> ha scritto:
>>>> Hi Till,
>>>> WSD came in with Windows Vista IIRC.
>>>> It is HTTP/XML based, so yeah, it works only on network, in fact my
>>>> canon maxify uses an entirely different protocol on USB (similar, if not
>>>> equal, to the BJNP network protocol used by Canon for basic Linux LAN
>>>> support).
>>>> It defines a discovery protocol, a scan service, a print service, but
>>>> probably there are more, unrelated with the printer/multifunction/scanner
>>>> world (I started today to dig the docs).
>>>> By the way, I managed to fix the script found in the github repo I
>>>> linked, and maybe the first step for me to get comfortable with the
>>>> protocol will be to play a bit more from python, extending as much as I can
>>>> the short script as a more complete CLI tool with discovery support and all
>>>> the possible options. Then, I could manage to reimplement the protocol as a
>>>> sane backend, which I think is a bit more hard (I need to study sane api
>>>> first).
>>>> Beware I'm a student with not-so-much spare time, but I'm interested in
>>>> learning something new and get my canon working at best, and obviously
>>>> contribute as much as I can. I'd like to add or expand wireshark dissectors
>>>> for WSD and BJNP too. We'll see how much I can do.
>>>> NB. if in the coming days I start a github repo for a WSD python
>>>> playground, I'll share here the link.
>>>> Here are a few links:
>>>> -WS-Discovery (full spec) http://specs.xmlsoap.org
>>>> /ws/2005/04/discovery/ws-discovery.pdf
>>>> -WS-Print (at the bottom of the page there are links to all print &
>>>> scan XML schemas and tech specifications) https://docs.m
>>>> icrosoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/print/ws-print-v1-1
>>>> -WS-Print 2.0 (only printing? 3d printers? have no time to check)
>>>> http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=534008
>>>> Il giorno lun 5 feb 2018 alle ore 15:54 Till Kamppeter <
>>>> till.kamppeter at gmail.com> ha scritto:
>>>>> On 02/05/2018 01:32 PM, Patrick Roncagliolo wrote:
>>>>> > WDS is a protocol based on http connection with devices such as
>>>>> > scanners, printers and so on. Most of the work is based on a bunch of
>>>>> > XML schemas, that are publicly available on MSDN. Searched a lot, but
>>>>> > for Linux I only found this (https://github.com/al42and/WSDolefuls),
>>>>> > that fails to parse the scanner response, but succeeds to start the
>>>>> scan
>>>>> > job.
>>>>> > I tried to search around SANE for WDS support, but I understood there
>>>>> > isn't.
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Is there a technical motivation behind the lack of support for WDS?
>>>>> or
>>>>> > it's just not the top priority? Could it be possible to create a
>>>>> backend
>>>>> > for this protocol? A lot of Canon printers would work like a charm
>>>>> with
>>>>> > a single good implementation, and I think it would be the same with a
>>>>> > lot of modern hardware. I could try to start a simple implementation
>>>>> if
>>>>> > someone instructs me with the basics of the SANE internal API for
>>>>> > backends and working principles, I'm a student with (not much) free
>>>>> time
>>>>> > and it could be great to help a bit (and learn something) if
>>>>> possible.
>>>>> >
>>>>> This looks like a second driverless (meaning no device/model-specific
>>>>> software or data (aka driver) required) scanning method after PWG's
>>>>> (Printer Working Group, http://www.pwg.org/) IPP Scanning which I
>>>>> mentioned in another post on this list.
>>>>> It seems that WDS exists already for longer time and is already
>>>>> established, so that there are actually several scanners using it. Am I
>>>>> right? Which manufacturers are participating? Does it only work on
>>>>> network devices? Or only on USB? Does it only work on printer/scanner
>>>>> MF
>>>>> devices or also on stand-alone scanners?
>>>>> Patrick, it would be great if you could make a SANE module for that.
>>>>> Another step to making a scanner as easy to connect under Linux as a
>>>>> USB
>>>>> stick. Also great for MF devices which happily print with PWG's
>>>>> driverless IPP printing but do not support IPP scanning.
>>>>>     Till
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