[sane-devel] Is it possible...

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Thu Mar 18 04:09:03 GMT 2021

The net backend is useful, but doesn't do what I need it to do.

My thoughts on this are:

1. If sane were to be able to act as a scan server for Win/Mac and Linux,
it would be more useful to more people.

2. If all sane scanners were to suddenly be useable as AirScan scanners, it
opens up a straightforward method for adding middleware to any sane

Does anyone know anything about AirSane (

On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 8:21 PM Ralph Little <skelband at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 2021-03-17 4:52 p.m., Steven Santos wrote:
> > I have been thinking a lot about sane lately, and I have a question
> > for the list.
> >
> > Is it possible to make sane (and specifically its older driver base)
> > look and function like an airscan device?
> >
> > By that, I mean is it possible to have a sane instance talk to a
> > scanner, especially the older ones supported by sane, but also other
> > airscan devices and then expose those scanners to the network as if
> > they were airscan devices?
> >
> > This would basically let sane become the scan hub of a
> > windows/mac/linux network.
> >
> > so is it possible?  And if so, what would it take to do?
> Of course, there is the net backend and saned but I don't know how
> appropriate that would be for your situation.
> The other option might be to construct a frontend that fabricated a
> Airscan service. It would have to translate the available options for
> the scanners to whatever format is appropriate for the Airscan
> interface. Others (e.h. Alexander Pevsner and the chaps at Ordissimo)
> probably have more information on that side of things.
> Some general information that I could find is here:
> https://wiki.debian.org/SaneOverNetwork
> Cheers,
> Ralph
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