xsane accesses image acquisition devices through the SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) interface. The list of available devices depends on installed hardware and configuration. When invoked without an explicit devicename argument, xsane presents a dialog listing all known and available devices. To access an available device that is not known to the system, the devicename must be specified explicitly. The format of devicename is backendname:devicefile (eg: umax:/dev/sga).
for gimp 1.2.x the command:
and for gimp 2.0.x the command:
adds a symlink for the xsane binary to the user's plug-ins directory. After creating this symlink, xsane will be queried by gimp(1) the next time it's invoked. From then on, xsane can be invoked through "Xtns->XSane->Device dialog..." (gimp-1.0.x) or through "File->Acquire->XSane->Device dialog..." (gimp-1.2.x and 2.0.x) menu entry.
You'll also find that the "Xtns->XSane" or "File->Acquire->XSane" menu contains short-cuts to the SANE devices that were available at the time the xsane was queried. Note that gimp(1) caches these short-cuts in ~/.gimp/pluginrc. Thus, when the list of available devices changes (e.g., a new scanner is installed or the device of the scanner has changed), then it is typically desirable to rebuild this cache. To do this, you can either touch(1) the xsane binary (e.g., "touch /usr/bin/xsane") or delete the plugin cache (e.g., "rm ~/.gimp/pluginrc"). Either way, invoking gimp(1) afterwards will cause the pluginrc to be rebuilt.
When xsane is started from the gimp then it is not possible to add a devicename explicitly. You have to make the devices known to the system by configuring sane-dll, sane-net and saned.
If the --help or -h flag is given xsane displays a short help message and exits.
If the --version or -v flag is given xsane prints a version information, some information about gtk+ and gimp version it is compiled against and lists the supported file formats, then it exits.
If the --license or -l flag is given xsane prints license information and exits.
The --device-settings or -d flag reads the next option as default filename for device settings. The extension ".drc" must not be included.
The --viewer or -V flag forces xsane to start in viewer mode.
The --save or -s flag forces xsane to start in save mode.
The --copy or -c flag forces xsane to start in copy mode.
The --multipage or -m flag forces xsane to start in multipage mode.
The --fax or -f flag forces xsane to start in fax mode.
The --email or -e flag forces xsane to start in e-mail mode.
The --no-mode-selection or -n flag disables the menu for xsane mode selection (viewer, save, copy, fax, mail).
If the --Fixed or -F flag is given then xsane uses a fixed, non resizable main window. The flag overwrites the preferences value.
If the --Resizable or -R flag is given then xsane uses a scrolled and resizable main window. The flag overwrites the preferences value.
If --print-filenames or -p flag is given then xsane prints the names of created files to the standard output.
When the flag --force-filename or -N is given then xsane reads the next option as default image filename. The name should be of the format "name-###.ext". The selection box for filenames is disabled. This option normally should be used with the option --no-mode-selection and --save.
The --display flag selects the X11 display used to present the graphical user-interface (see X(1) for details).
The --no-xshm flag forces xsane not to use shared memory images.