xsane(1)                                                              xsane(1)


       xsane - scanner frontend for SANE


       xsane  [--version|-v]  [--license|-l] [--device-settings file |-d file]
       [--viewer|-V] [--save|-s]  [--copy|-c]  [--fax|-f]  [--mail|-m]  [--no-
       mode-selection|-n] [--Fixed|-F] [--Resizable|-R] [--print-filenames|-p]
       [--force-filename name |-N name] [--display d] [--sync] [devicename]


       xsane provides a graphical user-interface to control an image  acquisi-
       tion  device such as a flatbed scanner.  It allows previewing and scan-
       ning invidual images and can be invoked either directly from  the  com-
       mand-line  or through The GIMP image manipulation program.  In the for-
       mer case, xsane acts as  a  stand-alone  program  that  saves  acquired
       images  in  a  suitable PNM format (PBM for black-and-white images, PGM
       for grayscale images, and PPM for color images) or converts  the  image
       to  JPEG, PNG, PS or TIFF.  In the latter case, the images are directly
       passed to The GIMP for further processing.

       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).


       To run xsane under the gimp(1),youshouldatfirstmakesurethatxsaneis com-
       piled with gimp support by entering "xsane -v" on a shell.  If xsane is
       compiled with gimp support then simply set a  symbolic  link  from  the
       xsane-binary  to one of the gimp(1) plug-ins directories.  For example,
       for gimp-1.0.x the command

              ln -s /usr/bin/xsane ~/.gimp/plug-ins/

       for gimp 1.2.x the command:

              ln -s /usr/bin/xsane ~/.gimp-1.2/plug-ins/

       and for gimp 2.0.x the command:

              ln -s /usr/bin/xsane ~/.gimp-2.0/plug-ins/

       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

       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/plug-
       inrc").   Either  way, invoking gimp(1) afterwards will cause the plug-
       inrc to be rebuilt.

       When xsane is started from the gimp then it is not possible  to  add  a
       devicename  explictly. You have to make the devices known to the system
       by configuring sane-dll, sane-net and saned.


       If the --version or -v flag is given xsane prints  a  version  informa-
       tion,  some  information  about  gtk+  and  gimp version it is compiled
       against and lists the supported fileformats, then it exits.

       when the --license or -l flag is igven xsane prints license information
       and exits.

       The --device-settings or -d flag reads the next option as default file-
       name 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 --fax or -f flag forces xsane to start in fax mode.

       The --mail or -m flag forces xsane to start in mail mode.

       The --no-mode-selection or -n flag disables the  menu  for  xsane  mode
       selection (viwer, save, copy, fax, mail).

       If  the --Fixed or -F flag is given then xsane uses a fixed, non resiz-
       able 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

       The --display flag selects the X11 display used to present the  graphi-
       cal user-interface (see X(1) for details).

       The  --sync flag requests a synchronous connection with the X11 server.
       This is for debugging purposes only.


              is used to preselect the device in the device dialog.  This  way
              you only have to accept the device (<ENTER> or OK-Button).


              This  files  holds  the  user  preferences.  Normally, this file
              should not be manipulated directly.  Instead,  the  user  should
              customize the program through the "Preferences" menu.

              For  each device, there is one rc-file that holds the saved set-
              tings for that particular device.  Normally,  this  file  should
              not  be  manipulated directly.  Instead, the user should use the
              xsane interface to select appropriate values and then  save  the
              device  settings  using  the "Preferences->Save Device Settings"
              menubar entry.

              This system-wide file controls the aspects of the user-interface
              such  as  colors and fonts.  It is a GTK style file and provides
              fine control over the visual aspects of the user-interface.

              This file serves the same purpose as the system-wide style file.
              If present, it takes precedence over the system wide style file.


       gimp(1),   xscanimage(1),   scanimage(1),   sane-dll(5),   sane-net(5),
       saned(1), sane-scsi(5), sane-usb(5), sane-"backendname"(5)


       Oliver Rauch <Oliver.Rauch@rauch-domain.de>

                                  15 Jun 2002                         xsane(1)

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