sane-rts8891(5) SANE Scanner Access Now Easy sane-rts8891(5)
sane-rts8891 - SANE backend for rts8891 based scanners
The sane-rts8891 library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy)
backend that provides access to scanners based on the rts8891 ASIC.
The scanners that work with this backend are:
Vendor Model status
Umax Astra 4400 untested
Umax Astra 4450 untested
HP scanjet 4000c good
HP scanjet 4470c good
The options the backend supports can either be selected through command
line options to programs like scanimage or through GUI elements in
xscanimage or xsane.
If you have any strange behavior, please report to the backend main‐
tainer or to the SANE mailing list.
Valid command line options and their syntax can be listed by using
scanimage --help -d rts8891
Scan Mode Options
--mode selects the basic mode of operation of the scanner valid choices
are R Color , Gray and Lineart The default mode is Color. The
Lineart mode is black and white only (1 bit). Grayscale will
produce 256 levels of gray (8 bits). Color mode allows for over
16 million different colors produced from 24 bits of color
selects the resolution for a scan. The horizontal and vertical
resolutions are set by the value of this option. The scanner is
capable of the following resolutions for the specified option
Value Hor. Resolution Vert. Resolution
----- --------------- -------------------
75 75dpi 75dpi
150 150dpi 150dpi
300 300dpi 300dpi
600 600dpi 600dpi
1200 1200dpi 1200dpi
requests a preview scan. The resolution used for that scan is 75
dpi and the scan area and the scan mode are as specified through
their options, or the default if not specified. The default
value for preview mode is "no".
selects the minimum-brightness to get a white point. The
threshold is only used with Lineart mode scans. It is specified
as a percentage in the range 0..100% (in steps of 1). The
default value of the threshold option is 50.
The configuration file /etc/sane.d/rts8891.conf contains the usb device
ids of supported scanners (eg usb 0x043d 0x007c) and scanner configura‐
tion options. Empty lines and lines starting with a hash mark (#) are
The options supported are allowsharing , modelnumber
allowsharing enables or not the sharing of the scanner between multiple
frontends at the same time.
modelnumber is used to force the reported model by the backend and is
only useful in the case of a scanner which NVRAM has been erased.
0 to report a HP4470c.
1 to report a HP4400c.
2 to report an Astra 4400.
The static library implementing this backend.
The shared library implementing this backend (present on systems
that support dynamic loading).
SANE_DEBUG_RTS8891 SANE_DEBUG_RTS8891_LOW SANE_DEBUG_RTS88XX_LIB
If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, these
environment variables controls the debug level for this backend.
E.g., a value of 255 requests all debug output to be printed.
Smaller levels reduce verbosity.
Scanners of the same model exist with different sensors, due to lack of
data (ie USB logs) some sensors are better supported than others. At
least 75 dpi mode is working for any model. Sharing the scanner between
several frontends at the same time (allowsharing option) may not work
on some USB controllers.
XPA is no (yet) supported.
No bugs currently known.
sane-scsi(5), scanimage(1), xscanimage(1), xsane(1), sane(7)
This backend has been developed by Stéphane Voltz.
Many thanks go to:
Laurent Fournier who donated me a HP4470c. Vladimir Sysoev and
"TheUnruly Squash" for the time they spent recording USB activ‐
ity and testing the experimental version on HP4400 models.
8 Dec 2008 sane-rts8891(5)
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