xsane

28/05/2009

Needed to use the scanner, so installed xsane(su then aptitude install xsane). This package brought 140Mb of stuff with it including loads of gnome libraries. C’est la vie.

Scan of a sinister Luck Cat that Ruth bought

Scan of a sinister Luck Cat that Ruth bought

Initially, xsane would only recognise the scanner from root. I googled and found a recipe

  • Plug your USB scanner in
  • Start a terminal and issue the lsusb command to show USB devices
  • I found lines like

keith@l400:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04a9:220d Canon, Inc. CanoScan N670U/N676U/LiDE 20
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
keith@l400:~$

  • I changed to root (su and password) and issued the command chmod a+w /dev/bus/usb/001/002
  • To check the persistence of the fix, I restarted the laptop. It works
    • Does anyone know of any way of slimming down xsane in Debian? I mean, does xsane really need sound libraries? Half of Gnome?

      xsane needs a bit of getting used to when used in dwm, the tiling window manager whose minimalism I’m getting to admire. It is quite logical once you get used to it.

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