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Linux / Unix Command: sane-mustek_usb
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NAME

sane-mustek_usb - SANE backend for Mustek USB flatbed scanners  

DESCRIPTION

The sane-mustek_usb library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) backend that provides access to Mustek (and some relabeled Trust) USB flatbed scanners. At present, the following scanners are known to work more or less with this backend:

Mustek 600 CU
Mustek 1200 UB
Mustek 1200 CU
Mustek 1200 CU Plus
Trust Compact Scan USB 19200

More details can be found on the Mustek backend homepage http://www.meier-geinitz.de/sane/.

The Mustek BearPaw 1200 and 2400 scanners are supported by the plustek backend. See sane-plustek(5) for details.

This backend is based on the 1200ub backend provided by Mustek. It was modified to fit into the SANE distribution, some bugs were fixed, support for the 600 CU was added, and some features added.

This is BETA software. It currently only works on Linux and FreeBSD. Other systems are untested. See BUGS for more information.

This backend can only work with scanners that are already detected by the operating system. For Linux, it may be necessary to load the scanner module with additional vendor/product parameters /see /usr/src/linux/Documentation/usb/scanner.txt for details). With FreeBSD upto 4.4 only the 1200 CU will work out-of-the box. For other scanners, their ids must be added to the FreeBSD uscanner.c file and a new kernel must be compiled.

If you own a Mustek (or Trust) scanner other than the ones listed above that works with this backend, please let me know this by sending the scanner's exact model name and the USB vendor and device ids (e.g. from /proc/bus/usb/devices or syslog) to me.

 

DEVICE NAMES

This backend expects device names of the form:

special

Where special is a path-name for the special device that corresponds to a USB scanner. With Linux, such a device name could be /dev/usb/scanner0 or /dev/usbscanner1, for example.

For FreeBSD use /dev/uscanner0.

 

CONFIGURATION

The contents of the mustek_usb.conf file is a list of options and device names that correspond to Mustek USB scanners. Empty lines and lines starting with a hash mark (#) are ignored. If a device name is placed in mustek_usb.conf, it must be followed by a line containing the keyword option and an option specifying the scanner type. The following options can be used: 600cu, 1200cu, 1200cu_plus, 1200ub. For the Trust Compact Scan USB 19200 use `option 1200ub'.

Instead of using the device name, the scanner can be autodetected by usb vendor_id product_id statements which are already included into mustek_usb.conf. This is only supported with Linux 2.4.8 and higher. "vendor_id" and "product_id" are hexadecimal numbers that identfy the scanner. If this doesn't work, a device name and the option specifying the scanner type must be placed in mustek_usb.conf.

The global option max_block_size can be used to limit the amount of data acquired in one turn from the USB system. It may be woth trying, if USB errors occur.

A sample configuration file is shown below:

# Comment
option max_block_size 1024
usb 0x055f 0x0001
/dev/usb/scanner0
option 600cu

The first line is ignored. The second line sets the buffer size to a maximum of 1024 bytes. The third line tries to autodetect a scanner with vendor id 0x055f and product id 0x0001 (Mustek 1200 CU). The fourth line tells the backend to attach to /dev/usb/scanner0 and the fifth line specifies that /dev/usb/scanner0 is a Mustek 600 CU.  

SEE ALSO

sane(7), sane-usb(5), sane-mustek(5), sane-mustek_pp(5), sane-plustek(5)
/usr/share/doc/sane-backends-1.0.9/mustek_usb/mustek_usb.CHANGES, /usr/share/doc/sane-backends-1.0.9/mustek_usb/mustek_usb.TODO
   

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