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[[Category:Imaging (English)]]
===USB Scanner===
This document describes the process of installing a scanner with a USB interface in Arch Linux.
'''Update:''' Since I first wrote this document, the installation routine for the sane package has been improved. The only thing you have to do for supported scanners is to install sane with pacman and add your username to the "scanner" group. This document is therefore only necessary for scanners that are not listed in the default usermap file of sane, for people who are interested in hotplug configuration, or for those who are interested in network support.
====Verify that your scanner works with SANE====
Many but not all of the scanners on the market are supported by SANE. The best way to find out whether yours is supported is to directly check on the project's website: [http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html sane-supported-devices]. On this site, you will also find which SANE backend you will need.
For multifunction devices from Epson see [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=10497 iscan]
====Install sane====
pacman -S sane
While xsane is not necessary, but the program is very useful under X, it's with gtk2 GUI.
pacman -S xsane
By default, '''hotplug''' has been installed on your Arch system, but if not, you can decide to install or not. However it's strongly recommended.
====Get scanner to work====
# Open a terminal and log in as root
# Execute the program
to verify that SANE correctly detects your scanner.
# Get the device name of your scanner. The easiest way to find it is to use the program scanimage:
scanimage -L
If everythings is working, the output of this will:
  device `plustek:libusb:003:004' is a Canon N1240U/LiDE30 USB flatbed scanner
With some HP all-in-one printer-scanner, scanimage -L may not find your hp printer-scanner. Uncommenting hpaio in /etc/sane.d/dll.conf may solve this problem.
With this information, we are ready to start the test scan:
scanimage -d plustek:libusb:003:004 -x 50 -y 50 --format=tiff > /home/hunzikea/test.tiff
If this correctly creates a file called test.tiff with a reasonable content, we are ready to set up the scanner for the ordinary user.
gpasswd -a yourusername scanner
Minor remarks for some plustek scanners (noticeably Canoscan ones), they require a lock directory. Make sure that /var/lock/sane directory exists, that its permissions are 660, and that it is owned by <user>:scanner. If the directory permissions are wrong, only root will be able to use the scanner.
Seems (at least on x86-64) that some programs using libusb (noticeably xsane and kooka) need scanner group rw permissions also for accessing /proc/bus/usb to work for a normal user.
That's it, have fun with your scanner.
====Fixing potential problems with the above====
* To remedy the problem where an HP All-In-One device appears in the output of sane-find-scanner but does not appear in the output of scanimage -L, edit the file /etc/sane.d/dll.conf and uncomment the hpaio line.
====Epson Perfection 1270====
This is for some scanners which are listed as "good" support but you simple do not know how to make it work, here I take '''Epson Perfection 1270''' as an example.
By checking the [http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html sane-supported-devices] page, you can find very useful information for your scanner. Here I know Epson Perfection 1270 is supported by snapscan backend.
For Epson Perfection 1270, you also need a firmware named esfw3e.bin, you can get it from (anyone could give a working place so I can upload it?), or you can get it yourself by reference to [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Scanner_setup_%26_configure Scanner setup & configure]. I get it by installing the driver in the windows.
Modify configuration file of snapscan backend:
vi /etc/sane.d/snapscan.conf
Change the firmware path line with yours. :
  # Change to the fully qualified filename of your firmware file, if
  # firmware upload is needed by the scanner
  firmware /mnt/mydata/Backups/firmware/esfw3e.bin
And add the following line in the end or anywhere you like
  # Epson Perfection 1270
  usb 0x04b8 0x0120
You can get such code information (''usb 0x04b8 0x0120'') by "sane-find-scanner" command.
Also add such information lines in your libsane.usermap file to setup your privilage, like:
vi /etc/hotplug/usb/libsane.usermap
  #Epson Perfection 1270
  libusbscanner 0x0003 0x04b8 0x0120 0x0000 0x0000 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00000000
Replug scanner, you have a working Epson Perfection 1270 now.
NOTE: I can scan image if I define the X and Y value, but without that error meassage occors like: "scanimage: sane_start: Error during device I/O", if anyone know why, please complete the section.
====Configuring hotplug/udev====
'''The following hotplug configuration steps are no longer needed (with 0.6 or above), For your information only'''
In this section we will use hotplug to detect when the scanner is plugged in and, as a consequence, set the permissions on the scanner device so that members of the group \"users\" can use it.
# First, you will need to get the Vendor and ProdID number of your scanner. To get those, type, as root,
cat /proc/bus/usb/devices
or (since kernel 2.6.24 {{Filename|/proc}} is being deprecate)
lsusb -v
Search the output of this command for your scanner. In that block of information, you will find your scanner's Vender and ProdID numbers. In my case, the relevant output of the above command was
T:  Bus<code>03 Lev</code>01 Prnt<code>01 Port</code>01 Cnt<code>02 Dev#</code>  4 Spd<code>12  MxCh</code> 0
D:  Ver<code> 1.10 Cls</code>ff(vend.) Sub<code>00 Prot</code>00 MxPS<code> 8 #Cfgs</code>  1
P:  Vendor<code>04a9 ProdID</code>220e Rev= 1.00
S:  Manufacturer=Canon
S:  Product=CanoScan
C:* #Ifs<code> 1 Cfg#</code> 1 Atr<code>a0 MxPwr</code>500mA
I:  If#<code> 0 Alt</code> 0 #EPs<code> 3 Cls</code>ff(vend.) Sub<code>00 Prot</code>ff Driver=(none)
E:  Ad<code>81(I) Atr</code>03(Int.) MxPS<code>  1 Ivl</code>16ms
E:  Ad<code>82(I) Atr</code>02(Bulk) MxPS<code>  64 Ivl</code>0ms
E:  Ad<code>03(O) Atr</code>02(Bulk) MxPS<code>  64 Ivl</code>0ms
So, for me, the Vendor number is 04a9 and the ProdID is 220e.
# Create a usbscanner.usermap file in /etc/hotplug/usb. Open your favorite text editor, e.g.
vi /etc/hotplug/usb/usbscanner.usermap
Add the following two lines to this file:
  #Name of your scanner
  usbscanner 0x0003 0x04a9 0x220e 0x0000 0x0000 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00000000
Instead of the values 0x04a9 and 0x220e, insert the Vendor oder ProdID numbers from step 1.
Save the file as usbscanner.usermap.
(for newer udev, edit the /etc/udev/rules.d/sane.rules)
# We now need to create a shell script to set the correct permissions on the scanner device. Again, with you favorite text editor, create a file called usbscanner in /etc/hotplug/usb. Insert the following text
# /etc/hotplug/usb/usbscanner
if [[ \"${ACTION}\" = \"add\" ]] && [[ -f \"${DEVICE}\" ]]
    chmod o-rwx \"${DEVICE}\"
    chgrp \"${GROUP}\" \"${DEVICE}\"
    chmod g+rw \"${DEVICE}\"
and save the script.
# Make the script executable
# chmod +x /etc/hotplug/usb/usbscanner
====Test your configuration====
# To test your configuration, plug in your scanner and turn it on. If it was already plugged in before, plug it out and in again to invoke the script.
# List the contents of /proc/bus/usb by typing
  ls -lR /proc/bus/usb
There should be at least one device which doesn't say \"root\" twice. On my machine, the output looks like so:
total 0
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  43 Apr 12 22:02 001
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  73 Apr 12 22:02 002
-rw-rw----  1 root users 57 Apr 12 22:08 004
Notice the last line.
====Use your scanner in your favourite application====
You can now use gimp or xsane to scan pictures with your scanner. Enjoy!
==Network scanning==
==== Sharing Your Scanner Over a Network ====
You can share your scanner with other hosts on your network who use sane, xsane or xsane-enabled Gimp.  To set up the server (the PC which is connected to your scanner), first indicate which hosts on your network are allowed access.
Add the following to the /etc/sane.d/saned.conf file:
# required
# allow all local hosts
Of course, you may need to change "" to suit your local area network.  You can also specify individual hosts, as the following examples illustrate:
# specific host with static IP address
# specific hosts supported by local DNS or /etc/hosts
Ensure xinetd is installed:
pacman -S xinetd
:: xinetd-#.#.##-#: is up to date.  Upgrade anyway? [Y/n] n
Also be sure to add xinetd to the list of DAEMONS in /etc/rc.conf
Next, create a file called /etc/xinetd.d/sane-port and include the following:
service sane-port
  port        = 6566
  socket_type = stream
  wait        = no
  user        = nobody
  group      = nobody
  server      = /usr/sbin/saned
  disable    = no
Note: Apparently you are more likely to achieve success specifying:
  user        = root
  group      = scanner
Add the following line to /etc/services:
sane-port 6566/tcp # SANE network scanner daemon
Ensure that ports 6566 and 6567 are not blocked by any firewall which would affect connections inside your local area network. You can check which ports are being used by running the daemon in debug mode:
saned -d128
instead of using xinetd.
Normally, you just need to start (or restart) xinetd as root:
/etc/rc.d/xinetd start
Your scanner can now be used by other workstations, across your local area network.
==== Accessing Your Scanner from a Remote Workstation ====
You can access your network-enabled scanner from a remote Arch Linux workstation.
To set up your workstation, begin by installing xsane:
pacman -S xsane
Next, specify the server's host name or IP address in the /etc/sane.d/net.conf file:
# static IP address
# OR /etc/hosts or DNS supported host name
Now test your workstation's connection, from a non-root login prompt:
After a short while, xsane should find your remote scanner and present you with the usual windows, ready for network scanning delight!
==== Common problems with scanner sharing ====
If your saned backend, at the computer that you're trying to access shared scanner from, says that no scanners are available on the server, but scanning works locally and you're sure, that you have done everything according to the previous two chapters, check following scenarios:
===== Missing hostname declaration =====
Stop xinetd (as a root):
/etc/rc.d/xinetd stop
Run saned in debug mode as a user belonging to group scanner:
saned -d
Try to scan from the client. If the scanning program at the client side reports no available devices and saned at the server reports following before exiting:
[saned] check_host: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known
[saned] init: access by host denied
then it's probably just missing declaration of your hostname in /etc/hosts
Fix it by adding following line to the /etc/hosts:
<pre>    yourhostname
where "yourhostname" is the same as the one, you have chosen during instalation. Check the following line in /etc/rc.conf:
And start xinetd again (as root):
/etc/rc.d/xinetd start

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