[sane-devel] Scanner Database
olaf.meeuwissen at avasys.jp
Thu Feb 23 00:42:23 UTC 2012
Michael Nagel <ubuntu at nailor.devzero.de> writes:
> Hi everyone,
> I'd like to hear your opinion/feedback on the following idea:
> [... device related bug reports submitted against scanner applications
> not being as useful as they could be and perhaps even slowing things
> down ...]
> They contain some valuable information, BUT that information would be much more
> useful if it was somewhat structured and stored in a database.
> 1) users can search it for information on how to get their scanner working
> 2) users can browse it to decide what scanner to buy
> 3) developers might analyze it to get an overview and spot regressions
> HOWEVER: unfortunately, there is no such database currently.
As Johannes mentioned in his reply, there is a database for printers
that might be useful as a starting point. Many scanners come equipped
with a printer these days and to the user it really is a single device.
Several printer vendors are actively updating the database for their new
> I talked to Robert Ancell from Simple Scan,
> and he is definitely interested and supporting this.
> I talked to Kåre Särs from Skanlite/libksane,
> and he is basically supporting this as well.
You may want to get in touch with Till Kamppeter (Linux Foundation
OpenPrinting Manager) as well. I Cc:d him on this reply.
> So get your hats ready and tell me what you think about it as a
> SANE-standards-writer, backend-developer, frontend-developer,
> packager for a distribution, debugger, supporter or end-user
> and tell me what information would be useful for you...
A lot of the functionality that I would like to see in any scanner
database is already covered by the printer database. It's just all the
scanner specific data that is missing.
One scanner specific issue that I would like to see addressed by a
(programmatically query-able) on-line database is the decision whether
or not a device is a scanner (independent of whether there's a working
driver for it). While for printers this is rather trivial, scanners
often only show up as a "vendor specific" device and a database of what
are scanners would be useful.
Hope this helps,
Olaf Meeuwissen, LPIC-2 FLOSS Engineer -- AVASYS CORPORATION
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