Well, there is actually a problem with this tutorial. It forces you to use Gimp and SANE as
root each time you want to scan. This is a major security risk. If you know of any way to avoid it, I’d be glad to hear from you.
UPDATE: Please read the comments below ;)
- Optional (you may skip this if you’re sure you’ve got *this* scanner and not some other model with a similar name):
sane-utilspackage to gain access to the
sane-find-scannerutility and find out exactly what scanner you own.
sudo aptitude install sane-utils
sudo sane-find-scanner -p
This should output (among other things):
found possible Mustek parallel port scanner at “parport0”
rootand find the section:
mustek_pp, as it’s a parallel port scanner we’re talking about here. Comment the other ones – you don’t need them. It should look like this:
Make sure you save the file.
root. Append this to the file:
scanner Mustek-600CP parport0 cis600
This declares that you have a scanner on the first parallel port (
parport0), with 600DPI resolution (
cis600), under the name
Mustek-600CP. In most cases you may omit the
parport0part and specify
*instead, in which case SANE will try to auto-detect the device used by the scanner.
- Start up the Gimp as
root(you can do
sudo gimpfrom the terminal). Go to File > Acquire > XSane > Device Dialog…. Press “Continue at your own risk” in the warning that appears (this is the not-so-great part). Now, the scanning interface should appear. You should not get a “no devices available” message.
I hope if this how-to saved you some time (which you would otherwise spend crawling through man-pages). Happy scanning! 8)