Permissions problem for sane

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Aug 6 21:15:32 UTC 2015

On Thu, 6 Aug 2015, Patrick Hess wrote:

> Anthony Campbell wrote:
>> Should I modify the permissions on /dev/ugen0.2?
> In contrast to what many other people might suggest, I'm personally not
> a big fan of providing users broad access to all kinds of device nodes.
> So instead of messing around with permissions, I prefer to make use of
> the saned(8) network daemon.
> This is actually pretty straightforward to set up. You'll need to add
> these two lines to your /etc/rc.conf:
>    saned_enable="YES"
>    saned_uid="root"
> Now either reboot the machine or run the following command to start
> the network daemon right away:
>    # service saned start
> Then add the following line to /usr/local/etc/sane.d/net.conf:
>    localhost
> Any non-privileged user should now be able to access the scanner.
> For starters, try to get a list of scanners available on the server:
>    > scanimage -L
>    device `net:localhost:plustek:libusb:/dev/usb:/dev/ugen1.2'
>    is a Canon CanoScan N1240U/LiDE30 flatbed scanner
> The nice part about using saned(8) is that you can easily make the
> scanner available to other machines on the network. Just add your
> network to the server's /usr/local/etc/sane.d/saned.conf and then
> add an entry for the server to the /usr/local/etc/sane.d/net.conf
> on each of the clients.

This is the kind of stuff we should be adding to the Handbook section on 
scanners.  Thank you for posting it!

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