Section: SANE Scanner Access Now Easy (5)
Updated: 13 Jul 2008
sane-hs2p - SANE backend for Ricoh SCSI flatbed/ADF scanners
library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) backend that provides
access to the Ricoh IS450 family of scanners. Should also work with the IS420,
IS410, and IS430 scanners, but these are untested.
Please contact the maintainer or the sane-devel mailing list if you own such a scanner.
This backend is alpha-quality. It may have bugs and some scanners haven't been
tested at all. Be careful and pull the plug if the scanner causes unusual
This backend expects device names of the form:
is either the path-name for the special device that corresponds to a SCSI
scanner. The program
helps to find out the correct device. Under Linux, such a device name could be
for example. See
The contents of the
file is a list of device names that correspond to SCSI
scanners. Empty lines and lines starting with a hash mark (#) are
on details of what constitutes a valid device name.
The backend configuration file (see also description of
The static library implementing this backend.
The shared library implementing this backend (present on systems that
support dynamic loading).
This environment variable specifies the list of directories that may
contain the configuration file. Under UNIX, the directories are
separated by a colon (`:'), under OS/2, they are separated by a
semi-colon (`;'). If this variable is not set, the configuration file
is searched in two default directories: first, the current working
directory (".") and then in /etc/sane.d. If the value of the
environment variable ends with the directory separator character, then
the default directories are searched after the explicitly specified
directories. For example, setting
to "/tmp/config:" would result in directories "tmp/config", ".", and
"/etc/sane.d" being searched (in this order).
If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, this
environment variable controls the debug level for this backend.
A value of 255 prints all debug output. Smaller values reduce verbosity.
The hs2p backend is now in version 1.00. All major scanning-related features
are supported, except for those features requiring the optional IPU. Scanning
from the flatbed or ADF (either simplex or duplex) is supported. Lineart,
halftone, 4-bit gray, and 8-bit gray are supported. Pre-set gamma tables and
halftone patterns are supported, as well as brightness, threshold, contrast.
Also supported is scan wait mode, binary and gray filtering, negative scanning,
and absolute or relative white setting. Printing with the optional endorser
also is supported.
This scanner can scan from the ADF in continuous simplex mode.
Surprisingly, many scanners scan an entire document from the ADF
into memory before ejecting the sheet. Thus if the document is too
long, the scanner cannot hold the entire image data in memory.
But if the scanner would send its image data when its memory got full,
and then read the next buffer's worth of data, continuous scanning
could be achieved.
The SCSI commands for uploading (2AH) or downloading (28H)
custom halftone patterns (02H) and gamma vectors (03H) should work,
but require implementing the SANE Option-Value code to allow the
user to create the tables to be uploaded to the scanner. No support
for Maintenance Data (80H) is planned as this functionality is more
suited to a stand-alone utility to be used by a technician when
replacing the lamp or ADF unit. Nor is support for reading or changing
IPU (93H) parameters and adjustments planned, since my IS450 lacks
such a unit. The 31-byte Auto Photo/Letter struct and 21-byte Dynamic
threshold struct are documented in the hs2p-scsi.h file should someone
wish to use their IPU for image data processing.
Maintained by Jeremy Johnson <email@example.com