I just started to write a backend for the Mustek BearPaw 1200 (based
on the NS 9831 "Merlin" chip). Further more I want to add USB support
Some questions (mostly based on Linux and the USB driver "scanner"):
* Is there any way to get the vendor and device ids for a given device
file name? One problem for SANE-USB backends is that they can't easily
check if the device file they are using is really coresponding to
the USB scanner they support. It's easier for SCSI backends because
they can just send an inquiry command.
* Which device names are used? I have seen /dev/usbscanner0 (...15) and
/dev/usb/scanner0 (...15) (and the usbscanner/scanner links). Any
* What's the meaning of the other files under /proc/bus/usb/? I'm
talking of e.g. 001/001.
* For find-scanner the idea was to scan /proc/bus/usb/devices. Look for
new devices (starting with "T:" lines) and save all devices
containing an "I: ... Driver=usbscanner" line. Get vendor and
product ids from the "P:" line. Question: How to get the device file
from this information? Can I just assume that the first usbscanner entry
in this list is /dev/usbscanner0? Can the number of one device
change if another one is conncted?
* Should we add sanei/sanei-usb.c? Maybe with functions to open,
close, read, and write a USB device file. There is nothing special
with this under Linux but I don't know if this is the same with
other OS. So it might be easier to add support for other OS in one
file instead of changing lots of backends. Maybe add functions to
identify the scanner, e.g.
SANE_Word sanei_usb_get_vendor (SANE_String devicename) if this is
* I wanted to add a file sanei/sanei-lm983x.c that allows simple read
and write access to the scanners based on the 9831 and 9832 chips from
National Semiconductor. This would be used by my backend and can be
used by others. Any comments?
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