Scanner Compatibility

Michaël Grünewald michael.grunewald at
Sat Dec 8 10:17:44 PST 2007

Predrag Punosevac <punosevac at> writes:

> Let me clarify firstly some things.

Thank you very much for this very detailed answer, it's very nice
from you!


> In essence your scanner uses this file to explain the Sane the page
> layout and graphics. So it is not a driver!

If I do understand, this seems a close analogue of PPL files in the
printing world, right?


> I see no reason why should sane-backhands work any different on
> amd64.

Now you made clear that these binary blobs consist of data (and not
of a cpu program), I do not see either. I will soon be able to tell :)

> On another hand if you are using amd64 that tells me that you
> are running serious production servers so why would you want to attach
> a scanner to  such  machine is not really clear to me.

In fact, I have no serious reason to run amd64 since I use my amd64
computer as a ``user workstation'' and the main benefit from running
amd64 is to manage huge amounts of RAM --- as far as I can tell from
the various docs I have read. My reasons to run amd64 are mainly geeky
or childish :)

> As I said before the handbook is excellent but here is my quick and
> dirty step by step how to for scanners.


Thanks a lot for this con tribution,

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