[sane-devel] test backend & SANE_INFO_INEXACT

Ralph Little skelband at gmail.com
Wed Jun 9 20:33:11 BST 2021

Hi Jeff,

On Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 10:04 AM Jeff <jffry at posteo.net> wrote:

> There is a gscan2pdf user with a Fujitsu scanner who has found a bug in
> gscan2pdf:
> https://sourceforge.net/p/gscan2pdf/mailman/message/37297482/
> I'm guessing it is a corner case to do with the scanner setting
> SANE_INFO_INEXACT when the user sets most geometry options.
> I am having trouble reproducing the problem locally because I don't have
> a similar scanner, and my HP doesn't set SANE_INFO_INEXACT.
> The test backend has an option "read-return-value", allowing frontend
> developers to test statuses, but I can't find a similar option for info
> values.
> Is there some other way of testing info values in frontends?
> If not, is there a maintainer for the test backend?
> If so, would you be able to add such an option?
> If not, would you be open to a patch to add such an option?
> Regards
> Jeff

I have added a new test option to the test backend called int-inexact.
There is a Merge Request here:


Feel free to compile it and give it a try.

Example usage:

scanimage -A -d test:0 --enable-test-options=yes --int-inexact=16

The option takes any value that you specify, increments it and sets the
The output in this case from scanimage now shows this:

scanimage: rounded value of int-inexact from 16 to 17


    --int-inexact <int> [17] [advanced]
        (6/6) Int test option that modifies the value and returns

I just noticed that there are some ordering issues in the existing backend
which I will fix. There are actually 7 int options, but they appear to be
spread out weirdly.

If it looks good to you, I will merge it and then it should appear in the
PPA probably about a day later.

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