Section: SANE Scanner Access Now Easy (5)
Updated: 20 Nov 2005
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sane-genesys - SANE backend for GL646 and GL841 based USB flatbed scanners
library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) backend that provides
access to USB flatbed scanners based on the Genesys GL646 and GL841 chips.
At present, the following scanners are known to work with this backend:
Canon LiDE 35/40/50/60
This is BETA software. Especially if you test new or untested scanners, keep
your hand at the scanner's plug and unplug it, if the head bumps at the end of
the scan area.
If you own a 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
or syslog) to the sane-devel mailing list. Even if the scanner's name is only
slightly different from the models mentioned above, please let me know.
If you own a scanner that isn't detected by the genesys backend but has a GL646
or GL841 chipset, you can try to add it to the backend.
This backend needs libusb-0.1.6 or later installed, and hasn't tested in other
configuration than a linux kernel 2.6.9 or higher. However, it should work any
system with libusb where the SANE package can be compiled. For
setting permissions and general USB information look at
The contents of the
file is a list of usb lines containing vendor and product ids that correspond
to USB scanners. The file can also contain option lines. Empty lines and
lines starting with a hash mark (#) are ignored. The scanners are
usb vendor_id product_id
statements which are already included into
"vendor_id" and "product_id" are hexadecimal numbers that identify the
The backend configuration file (see also description of
The static library implementing this backend.
The shared library implementing this backend (present on systems that
support dynamic loading).
This environment variable specifies the list of directories that may
contain the configuration file. Under UNIX, the directories are
separated by a colon (`:'), under OS/2, they are separated by a
semi-colon (`;'). If this variable is not set, the configuration file
is searched in two default directories: first, the current working
directory (".") and then in /etc/sane.d. If the value of the
environment variable ends with the directory separator character, then
the default directories are searched after the explicitly specified
directories. For example, setting
to "/tmp/config:" would result in directories "tmp/config", ".", and
"/etc/sane.d" being searched (in this order).
If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, this environment
variable controls the debug level for this backend. Higher debug levels
increase the verbosity of the output. If the debug level is set to 1 or higher,
some debug options become available that are normally hidden. Handle them with
care. This will print messages related to core genesys functions.
This environment variable controls the debug level for the specific GL646 code
This environment variable controls the debug level for the specific GL841 code
Example (full and highly verbose output for gl646):
Henning Meier-Geinitz <email@example.com>
Gerhard Jaeger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stéphane Voltz <email@example.com>
Philipp Schmid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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