[sane-devel] Fwd: [Bug 1728012] Re: Many 3rd party scanner drivers are broken by a sane change

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Wed Jun 26 19:18:18 BST 2019

See the attached email.  18.04 fix in the ppa needs testing.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Gunnar Hjalmarsson <1728012 at bugs.launchpad.net>
Date: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 12:26 PM
Subject: [Bug 1728012] Re: Many 3rd party scanner drivers are broken by a
sane change
To: <steven at simplycircus.com>

I have uploaded a proposed fix of sane-backends to this PPA:


If you are on 18.04 and affected by this bug, it would be great if you
could install from the PPA, test to find out if it makes a difference,
and report your observations in a comment here.

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  Many 3rd party scanner drivers are broken by a sane change

Status in sane-backends package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in sane-backends source package in Bionic:
  In Progress
Status in sane-backends package in Debian:
  Fix Released

Bug description:

   * Starting with Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu changed the directory where sane
  dll looks for third party drivers. This configuration effectively
  broke backward compatibility for all existing third-party drivers.

   * A large swath of these third party drivers (most of them) are no
  longer supported by the OEM, so maintaining compatibility is

   * No open source replacement drivers are currently available, nor
  does the community have the resources to easily replace them.

   * This bug represents a substantial portion of the scanners in use.

  Scanners known to be affected include, but are not limited to:

   - Brother Scanners (all Brother scanners before brscan4)
    - DCP-145C
    - DCP-163C
    - DCP-165C
    - DCP-167C
    - DCP-185C
    - DCP-195C
    - DCP-197C
    - DCP-365CN
    - DCP-373CW
    - DCP-375CW
    - DCP-377CW
    - DCP-383C
    - DCP-385C
    - DCP-387C
    - DCP-395CN
    - DCP-585CW
    - DCP-6690CW
    - DCP-7030
    - DCP-7040
    - DCP-7045N
    - DCP-8070D
    - DCP-8080DN
    - DCP-8085DN
    - DCP-9010CN
    - DCP-9040CN
    - DCP-9042CDN
    - DCP-9045CDN
    - DCP-J125
    - DCP-J315W
    - DCP-J515W
    - DCP-J715W
    - MFC-250C
    - MFC-255CW
    - MFC-257CW
    - MFC-290C
    - MFC-295CN
    - MFC-297C
    - MFC-490CW
    - MFC-495CW
    - MFC-5490CN
    - MFC-5890CN
    - MFC-5895CW
    - MFC-6490CW
    - MFC-6890CDW
    - MFC-7320
    - MFC-7340
    - MFC-7345N
    - MFC-7440N
    - MFC-7450
    - MFC-7840N
    - MFC-7840W
    - MFC-790CW
    - MFC-795CW
    - MFC-8370DN
    - MFC-8380DN
    - MFC-8480DN
    - MFC-8510DN
    - MFC-8680DN
    - MFC-8880DN
    - MFC-8890DW
    - MFC-9010CN
    - MFC-9120CN
    - MFC-9320CW
    - MFC-9440CN
    - MFC-9450CDN
    - MFC-9840CDW
    - MFC-990CW
    - MFC-J220
    - MFC-J265W
    - MFC-J270W
    - MFC-J410
    - MFC-J410W
    - MFC-J415W
    - MFC-J615W
    - MFC-J630W

   - Dell MFP Laser Printer 1135n

   - Epson Scanners
    - All scanners supported by the libsane-epk driver
    - All scanners supported by the iscan driver
    - Epson Perfection V10
    - Epson Perfection V1000
    - Epson WorkForce GT-1500
    - Epson Perfection V33

   - Samsung M2070

   - Xerox Workcentre 3225

   * This was working in the 17.04 release.  18.10 is an LTS release, so
  backporting is warranted for the 18.10 release.

  [Test Case]

   * Following the standard installation procedures for any of the
  affected scanner drivers results in the driver files being installed
  to /usr/lib/sane/, and sane looking for them in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-
  gnu/sane.  When xsane is run, the scanner is not found.

  [Regression Potential]

   * Regression to previous working sane package often results in the
  automatic removal of core system components (documented in the
  comments to this bug report), making regression an unusable option for
  addressing this bug.

   * The available patch is functional and stable in the 19.10 branch.

  [Other Info]
   * Third party sane drivers in previous version of sane were located
under /usr/lib/sane/, however, the current version of sane on Ubuntu only
looks for 64 bit drivers under the /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane
directory. /usr/lib64 and /usr/lib64/sane are other directories old drivers
are known to install files to.

  * The addition of symlinks alone does not appear to fix this issue,
  though it may make the scanner detectable. Changes to udev rules are
  also needed to allow proper communications to the scanners. A
  selection of workarounds, including working (though not ideal) udev
  rules for a number of scanners has been posted to the sane
  troubleshooting guide:

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