device uscanner in GENERIC?

Mattias Schlenker mattias at
Tue Apr 20 06:25:06 PDT 2004

Does it make sense to keep the entry

   device uscanner

in the GENERIC configuration file? Most people nowadays use scanners via 
libusb which is also the default behavior if installing sane -backends 
(it depends on libusb) from the ports. In FreeBSD 4.x usually having 
"device uscanner" in your kernel configuration meant that the scanner 
was available both via uscanner and ugen. However in 5.x "device 
uscanner" blocks the scanner from being recognized.

Since this makes it necessary to recompile the kernel just to use a USB 
scanner, I would suggest to deactivate device uscanner in GENERIC for 
future kernels to make the use of FreeBSD a bit more painless for 
newbies. If needed, uscanner.ko can still be loaded as a module.


 Mattias Schlenker  / Tel 0851 9441369 oder 0160 7352988
 Freyunger Str. 42 /
 94034 Passau     /

More information about the freebsd-current mailing list