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xsane(1)										 xsane(1)

       xsane - scanner frontend for SANE

       xsane  [--version|-v]  [--license|-l]  [--device-settings  file	|-d  file]  [--viewer|-V]
       [--scan|-s] [--copy|-c] [--fax|-f] [--mail|-m] [--no-mode-selection|-n] [--Medium-calibra-
       tion|-M]  [--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 acquisition device such as a
       flatbed	scanner.   It  allows  previewing and scanning invidual images and can be invoked
       either directly from the command-line or through The GIMP image manipulation program.   In
       the former case, xsane acts as a stand-alone program that saves acquired images in a suit-
       able 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) inter-
       face.   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 sys-
       tem, the devicename must be specified explicitly. The format  of  devicename  is  backend-
       name:devicefile (eg: umax:/dev/sga).

       To run xsane under the gimp(1), 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/

       and for gimp 1.1.x the command:

	      ln -s /usr/bin/xsane ~/.gimp-1.1/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..."	   or	  through
       "File->Acquire->XSane->Device dialog..." menu entry.

       You'll also find that the "Xtns->XSane"/"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

       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

       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 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 filename for device set-
       tings. The extension ".drc" must not be included.

       The --viewer or -V flag forces xsane to start in viewer mode.

       The --scan or -s flag forces xsane to start in scan mode.

       The --copy or -c flag forces xsane to start in fax 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,
       scan, copy, fax, mail).

       The --Medium-calibration or -M flag enables a special mode of xsane that can  be  used  to
       define  a  source medium.  This mode should not be used for scanning images because it may
       behave unexpected in several cases.

       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 win-
       dow.  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 --scan.

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

       The --sync flag requests a synchronous connection with the X11 server.  This is for debug-
       ging 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 manipu-
	      lated directly.  Instead, the user should customize the program through the  "Pref-
	      erences" menu.

	      For  each  device, there is one rc-file that holds the saved settings for that par-
	      ticular 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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