Section: SANE Scanner Access Now Easy (5)
Updated: 14 Jul 2008
sane-v4l - SANE interface for Video for Linux API
library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) backend that
provides generic access to video cameras and similar equipment using
the V4L (Video for Linux) API.
This is ALPHA software. Really! Important features are missing and there are
lots of bugs. The code is currently only tested on a Linux 2.4 system with a
Hauppauge WinTV video card.
This backend expects device names of the form:
is the UNIX path-name for the special device that corresponds to the
v4l device. The special device name must be a v4l device or a symlink
to such a device. For example, such a device name could be
The contents of the
file is a list of device names that correspond to v4l
devices. Empty lines and lines starting with a hash mark (#) are
ignored. A sample configuration file is shown below:
# this is a comment
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
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
being searched (in this order).
If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, this
environment variable controls the debug level for this backend. E.g.,
a value of 128 requests all debug output to be printed. Smaller
levels reduce verbosity.
Juergen G. Schimmer, Henning Meier-Geinitz
If more than one video card is present, a crash may occur. Frequency and geometry
selection is missing.
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