scanimage(1)             SANE Scanner Access Now Easy             scanimage(1)


       scanimage - scan an image


       scanimage  [-d|--device-name  dev]  [--format format] [-i|--icc-profile
       profile]   [-L|--list-devices]   [-f|--formatted-device-list    format]
       [--batch   [=format]]   [--batch-start   start]  [--batch-count  count]
       [--batch-increment  increment]   [--batch-double]   [--accept-md5-only]
       [-n|--dont-scan]  [-T|--test]  [-h|--help] [-v|--verbose] [-B|--buffer-
       size] [-V|--version] [device-specific-options]


       scanimage is a command-line  interface  to  control  image  acquisition
       devices  such as flatbed scanners or cameras.  The device is controlled
       via command-line options.   After  command-line  processing,  scanimage
       normally  proceeds  to  acquire an image.  The image data is written to
       standard output in one of the PNM (portable aNyMaP)  formats  (PBM  for
       black-and-white  images,  PGM  for  grayscale images, and PPM for color
       images) or in TIFF (black-and-white, grayscale  or  color).   scanimage
       accesses image acquisition devices through the SANE (Scanner Access Now
       Easy) interface and can thus support any device for which there  exists
       a SANE backend (try apropos sane- to get a list of available backends).


       To get a list of devices:

         scanimage -L

       To scan with default settings to the file image.pnm:

         scanimage >image.pnm

       To print all available options:

         scanimage -h


       The -d or --device-name options must be followed by a SANE  device-name
       like  `epson:/dev/sg0'  or  `hp:/dev/usbscanner0'.  A (partial) list of
       available devices can be obtained with the --list-devices  option  (see
       below).   If  no device-name is specified explicitly, scanimage reads a
       device-name from the environment variable SANE_DEFAULT_DEVICE.  If this
       variable is not set, scanimage will attempt to open the first available

       The --format format option selects how image data is written  to  stan-
       dard  output.  format can be pnm or tiff.  If --format is not used, PNM
       is written.

       The -i or --icc-profile option is used to include an ICC profile into a
       TIFF file.

       The  -L  or  --list-devices option requests a (partial) list of devices
       that are available.  The list is not complete since some devices may be
       available,  but are not listed in any of the configuration files (which
       are typically stored in directory /usr/local/etc/sane.d).  This is par-
       ticularly  the  case when accessing scanners through the network.  If a
       device is not listed in a configuration file, the only way to access it
       is by its full device name.  You may need to consult your system admin-
       istrator to find out the names of such devices.

       The -f or  --formatted-device-list  option  works  similar  to  --list-
       devices,  but  requires a format string.  scanimage replaces the place-
       holders %d %v %m %t %i with the device name, vendor name,  model  name,
       scanner type and an index number respectively. The command

              scanimage  -f  "  scanner number %i device %d is a %t, model %m,
              produced by %v "

       will produce something like:

              scanner number 0  device sharp:/dev/sg1 is  a  flatbed  scanner,
              model JX250 SCSI, produced by SHARP

       The  --batch* options provide the features for scanning documents using
       document feeders.  --batch [format] is used to specify  the  format  of
       the  filename  that each page will be written to.  Each page is written
       out to a single file.  If format  is  not  specified,  the  default  of
       out%d.pnm  (or  out%d.tif  for  --format tiff) will be used.  format is
       given as a printf style string with one  integer  parameter.   --batch-
       start start selects the page number to start naming files with. If this
       option is not given, the counter will start at 0.  --batch-count  count
       specifies  the number of pages to attempt to scan.  If not given, scan-
       image will continue scanning until the scanner returns  a  state  other
       than OK.  Not all scanners with document feeders signal when the ADF is
       empty, use this command to work around  them.   With  --batch-increment
       increment  you can change the amount that the number in the filename is
       incremented by.  Generally this is used when you are  scanning  double-
       sided  documents on a single-sided document feeder.  A specific command
       is provided to aid this:  --batch-double  will  automatically  set  the
       increment  to  2.   --batch-prompt  will ask for pressing RETURN before
       scanning a page. This can be used for scanning multiple  pages  without
       an automatic document feeder.

       The  --accept-md5-only  option only accepts user authorization requests
       that support MD5 security. The SANE network daemon (saned)  is  capable
       of doing such requests. See saned(8).

       The  -n  or  --dont-scan  option  requests that scanimage only sets the
       options provided by the user but doesn't actually perform a scan.  This
       option can be used to e.g. turn off the scanner's lamp (if supported by
       the backend).

       The -T or --test option requests that scanimage performs a  few  simple
       sanity  tests to make sure the backend works as defined by the SANE API
       (in particular the sane_read function is exercised by this test).

       The -h or --help options request help information.  The information  is
       printed on standard output and in this case, no attempt will be made to
       acquire an image.

       The -v or --verbose options increase the verbosity of the operation  of
       scanimage.   The option may be specified repeatedly, each time increas-
       ing the verbosity level.

       The -B or --buffersize option changes the input buffersize that scanim-
       age uses from default 32*1024 to 1024*1024 kbytes.

       The  -V  or --version option requests that scanimage prints the program
       and package name, the version number of the SANE distribution  that  it
       came  with and the version of the backend that it loads. Usually that's
       the dll backend. If more information about the version numbers  of  the
       backends  are  necessary, the DEBUG variable for the dll backend can be
       used. Example: SANE_DEBUG_DLL=3 scanimage -L.

       As you might imagine, much of the power of  scanimage  comes  from  the
       fact that it can control any SANE backend.  Thus, the exact set of com-
       mand-line options depends on the capabilities of the  selected  device.
       To  see the options for a device named dev, invoke scanimage via a com-
       mand-line of the form:

              scanimage --help --device-name dev

       The documentation for the device-specific options printed by --help  is
       best explained with a few examples:

        --brightness -100..100% [0]
           Controls the brightness of the acquired image.

              The  description above shows that option --brightness expects an
              option value in the range from -100 to 100 percent.   The  value
              in  square brackets indicates that the current option value is 0

           Set default values for enhancement controls.

              The description above shows that  option  --default-enhancements
              has no option value.  It should be thought of as having an imme-
              diate effect at the  point  of  the  command-line  at  which  it
              appears.  For example, since this option resets the --brightness
              option, the option-pair --brightness  50  --default-enhancements
              would effectively be a no-op.

        --mode Lineart|Gray|Color [Gray]
           Selects the scan mode (e.g., lineart or color).

              The  description above shows that option --mode accepts an argu-
              ment that must be one of the strings Lineart,  Gray,  or  Color.
              The  value  in  the  square bracket indicates that the option is
              currently set to Gray.  For convenience, it is legal to abbrevi-
              ate  the string values as long as they remain unique.  Also, the
              case of the spelling doesn't matter.  For example,  option  set-
              ting --mode col is identical to --mode Color.

        --custom-gamma[=(yes|no)] [inactive]
           Determines whether a builtin or a custom gamma-table
           should be used.

              The  description  above shows that option --custom-gamma expects
              either no option value, a "yes" string, or a "no" string.  Spec-
              ifying  the  option  with  no  value is equivalent to specifying
              "yes".  The value in square-brackets indicates that  the  option
              is  not currently active.  That is, attempting to set the option
              would result in an error message.  The set of available  options
              typically  depends  on the settings of other options.  For exam-
              ple, the --custom-gamma  table  might  be  active  only  when  a
              grayscale or color scan-mode has been requested.

              Note  that  the  --help option is processed only after all other
              options have been processed.  This makes it possible to see  the
              option  settings  for a particular mode by specifying the appro-
              priate mode-options along with the --help option.  For  example,
              the command-line:

              scanimage --help --mode color

              would  print  the  option  settings  that are in effect when the
              color-mode is selected.

        --gamma-table 0..255,...
           Gamma-correction table.  In color mode this option
           equally affects the red, green, and blue channels
           simultaneously (i.e., it is an intensity gamma table).

              The description above shows that  option  --gamma-table  expects
              zero or more values in the range 0 to 255.  For example, a legal
              value for this option would be "3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12".   Since
              it's  cumbersome  to specify long vectors in this form, the same
              can be expressed by the  abbreviated  form  "[0]3-[9]12".   What
              this  means  is  that  the first vector element is set to 3, the
              9-th element is set to 12 and the values in between are interpo-
              lated  linearly.   Of course, it is possible to specify multiple
              such linear segments.  For example,  "[0]3-[2]3-[6]7,[7]10-[9]6"
              is    equivalent   to   "3,3,3,4,5,6,7,10,8,6".    The   program
              gamma4scanimage can be used to generate such gamma  tables  (see
              gamma4scanimage(1) for details).

        --filename <string> [/tmp/input.ppm]
           The filename of the image to be loaded.

              The  description  above is an example of an option that takes an
              arbitrary string value (which happens to be a filename).  Again,
              the value in brackets show that the option is current set to the
              filename /tmp/input.ppm.


              The default device-name.


              This directory holds various configuration files.  For  details,
              please refer to the manual pages listed below.

              This file contains lines of the form


              scanimage  uses  this  information  to answer user authorization
              requests automatically. The file must have 0600  permissions  or
              stricter.  You  should  use  this  file  in conjunction with the
              --accept-md5-only  option  to  avoid  server-side  attacks.  The
              resource may contain any character but is limited to 127 charac-


       sane(7),   gamma4scanimage(1),   xscanimage(1),   xcam(1),    xsane(1),
       scanadf(1), sane-dll(5), sane-net(5), sane-"backendname"(5)


       David Mosberger, Andreas Beck, Gordon Matzigkeit and Caskey Dickson


       For  vector  options, the help output currently has no indication as to
       how many elements a vector-value should have.

sane-backends 1.0.16             15 April 2005                    scanimage(1)

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