On Sun, Dec 31, 2000 at 09:12:19AM +0100, Oliver Rauch wrote:
> when we rename it we sould add a "scsi", something like:
I don't think it's essential that find-scanner is a SCSI tool, this is
just a coincidence. When it was written the majority of supported
hardware was SCSI, and "discovery" of PP devices was hard.
sane-find-scanner should _aim_ to detect most common hardware such as
USB scanners (I went shopping with my parents at the ~$100 pricemark
this Christmas and EVERY scanner was USB) and renaming it because of
the features it has today seems short-sighted.
On Linux for example, /proc/bus/usb/devices contains a list of stuff
attached to the USB bus. Even though scanners apparently don't belong
to a fixed class and may use several drivers, we can eliminate a lot
of possibilities by parsing this list. If the user doesn't _have_
/proc/bus/usb we can remind her to install USB support (cf SCSI generic)
I don't know how the list feels about writing explicit detection for
vendor/product IDs because obviously that's a lot of maintenance work
and if someone from the USB camp wants to say that my suggestion is
unworkable that's fair - they know this ground better than I do.
Otherwise this sounds like a good project for someone new to SANE but
with a bunch of USB hardware kicking around. The "sane-find-scanner"
rename still sounds good to me.
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