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

  • 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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