[sf-lug] Hi; about that printer you got for your setup?

Akkana Peck akkana at shallowsky.com
Mon Dec 13 19:12:25 PST 2010

> Quoting Alex Kleider (a_kleider at yahoo.com):
> > Scanners: BAD! I have an Epson scanner that I'd like to put into use
> > but I've been unsuccessful. There was an article about this subject in
> > Linux Journal recently but that didn't help. 

Rick Moen writes:
> The key is to research the driver support in SANE, preferably in its
> current stable version rather than just the development (git) version,
> _before_ acquiring hardware -- and not buy bottom-end, difficult, or
> eccentric (e.g., all-in-one designs, ones connecting via parallel ports,

Even with good scanners that are well supported by SANE, it's common
for scanners to show up with the wrong permissions. Most distros
don't seem to test scanners much. Alex, have you tried running
sane-find-scanner or just xsane as root?

If it works as root but not as a normal user, you might need to make
a udev rule. I had to do that for my Epson Perfection 2400 in Hardy
(yes, I know Hardy was a long time ago, but I've been upgrading that
machine since then so I still have the old udev rule):

If the udev rules attached to the bug don't have a rule for your
scanner, add one using the vendor and product IDs from your scanner.
You can get those IDs from lsusb when the scanner is plugged
in and turned on (find the line from your scanner and look for
the ID 058f:6362 part -- that's vendor:product) or by running dmesg
after you turn your scanner on.


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