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


       sane-qcam - SANE backend for Connectix QuickCam cameras


       The sane-qcam library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) back-
       end that provides access Connectix QuickCam cameras.


       This backend expects device names of the form:


       where port is the I/O port address at which the device  resides.   This
       address  is  normally  specified  in  hexadecimal using C syntax (e.g.,
       0x37b) and may be prefixed with the letter "u" (e.g., u0x37b) to  force
       the backend to access the camera in uni-directional mode.


       The contents of the qcam.conf file is a list port addresses that may be
       connected to a Connectix QuickCam.  Empty lines and everything starting
       from  a  hash  mark  (#) up to the end of a line are ignored.  A sample
       configuration file is shown below:

              0x37b  # /dev/lp0
              0x378  # /dev/lp1
              u0x278 # /dev/lp2 forced in uni-directional mode
              0x3bc  # /dev/lp0 (alternate address)

       In general, it is safest to list only the port  addresses  that  really
       correspond  to a QuickCam.  For example, if one of the listed addresses
       actually connect to a printer, then starting up this backend will cause
       the printer to perform a device reset (which is generally undesirable).


              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/local/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 directo-
              ries.  For example, setting  SANE_CONFIG_DIR  to  "/tmp/config:"
              would    result    in    directories    tmp/config,    .,    and
              /usr/local/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.
              E.g., a value of 128 requests all debug output  to  be  printed.
              Smaller levels reduce verbosity.


       David Mosberger


       Support is currently limited to the color version of the QuickCam.  The
       black-and-white camera is starting to work too, but I don't believe  it
       works  in all cases yet.  Reportedly, acquiring images of certain sizes
       work fine, but others result in shifted images (sounds like  a  problem
       due to byte-padding).

       The  program  needs root-privileges since it needs to be able to access
       the camera's I/O ports.



                                  14 Jul 2008                     sane-qcam(5)

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