sane-net(5)              SANE Scanner Access Now Easy              sane-net(5)


       sane-net - SANE network backend


       The  sane-net library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) back-
       end that provides access to image acquisition devices through a network
       connection.   This  makes  it possible to control devices attached to a
       remote host and also provides a means to grant  users  access  to  pro-
       tected resources.


       This backend expects device names of the form:


       Where  host is the name (or IP address) of the (remote) host and device
       is the name of the device on this host that should  be  addressed.   If
       the device name does not contain a colon (:), then the entire string is
       treated as the device string for the default host.  The default host is
       the host listed last in the configuration file (see below).

       An IPv6 address can be specified enclosed in square brackets:



       The  net.conf  file  contains  both  backend options and a list of host
       names (or IP addresses) that should be  contacted  for  scan  requests.
       Anything  that isn't one of the options listed below will be treated as
       an host name.

       connect_timeout = nsecs
              Timeout (in seconds) for the initial connection to the  saned(8)
              server.  This will prevent the backend from blocking for several
              minutes trying to connect to an unresponsive saned(8) host (net-
              work   outage,   host   down,  ...).  The  environment  variable
              SANE_NET_TIMEOUT can also be used to specify the timeout at run-

       Empty  lines and lines starting with a hash mark (#) are ignored.  Note
       that IPv6 addresses in this file do not need to be enclosed  in  square
       brackets.  A sample configuration file is shown below:

              # this is a comment

       The  above  list of hosts can be extended at run-time using environment
       variable SANE_NET_HOSTS.  This environment variable  is  a  colon-sepa-
       rated list of hostnames or IP addresses that should be contacted in ad-
       dition to the hosts mentioned in the configuration file.  For  example,
       a user could set the environment variable to the string:


       To  request  that hosts , [::1] , and scan- are contacted in addition to the hosts listed above.

       For this backend to function properly, it is also necessary  to  define
       the  sane-port  service  in /etc/services using a line of the following

              sane-port 6566/tcp # SANE network scanner daemon


              The  backend  configuration  file  (see  also   description   of
              SANE_CONFIG_DIR below).

              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.  On *NIX systems, the direc-
              tories are separated by a colon (`:'), under OS/2, they are sep-
              arated  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 /usr/lo-
              cal/etc/sane.d.  If the value of the environment  variable  ends
              with  the directory separator character, then the default direc-
              tories are searched after the explicitly specified  directories.
              For example, setting SANE_CONFIG_DIR to "/tmp/config:" would re-
              sult in directories tmp/config, ., and /usr/local/etc/sane.d be-
              ing searched (in this order).

              A  colon-separated list of host names or IP addresses to be con-
              tacted by this backend.

              Number of seconds to wait  for  a  response  from  the  saned(8)
              server for the initial connection request.

              If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, this en-
              vironment variable controls the debug level  for  this  backend.
              E.g.,  a  value  of 128 requests all debug output to be printed.
              Smaller levels reduce verbosity.


       If saned(8) has timed out, the net backend may loop with  authorization


       sane(7), saned(8), sane-dll(5), scanimage(1)


       David Mosberger and Andreas Beck

                                  14 Jul 2008                      sane-net(5)

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