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SANE and FreeBSD

Don't forget to use GNU make (gmake). E.g. "MAKE=gmake ./configure".
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SANE should compile and install out-of-the-box.

If you've installed some of the optional libraries that sane-backends
can make use of (see README for list) using Ports then you will need to
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let configure know about their locations:

MAKE=gmake CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib ./configure

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If the SCSI host adapter is supported, there are no known problems.
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USB-Scanners are supported by FreeBSD. The USB scanner driver "uscanner" and
access over libusb can be used.

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For some backends (e.g. gt68xx) you MUST use libusb. The uscanner driver won't
work because it doesn't support control messages or interrupt endpoints.

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If you want to use libusb, your scanner should *not* be claimed by the uscanner
driver. Make sure, that /dev/ugen* and /dev/usb* devices are available. Use
/dev/MAKEDEV to create them, if necessary. Make sure that the user has write
access to the appropriate device files.

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To get your scanner detected by the uscanner driver, it may be necessary to add
its vendor and device ids to the kernel and recompile. Use MAKEDEV to generate
the /dev/uscanner* files if they are not already there. Use sane-find-scanner to
find your scanner. scanimage -L should find it automatically. Make sure that the
user has read access to /dev/usb* and read and write access to /dev/uscanner*.

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I don't have much information about these. The Mustek 600 II N scanner seems to
work, others may or may not work. Please contact me or the SANE mailing list if
you succeeded in using a parport scanner.

2005-11-01 Henning Meier-Geinitz <>