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    Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    There is a sane backend for scanning using the Kodak AiO printers, like ESP 5250, ESP C310, Hero 9.1

    Installation is by compiling from the source code here

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/cup...ane%20backend/

    A number of people have downloaded it, but I have had no feedback, apart from one or two people having difficulty installing.
    If you have managed to do a scan with this backend I'd appreciate some feedback.
    Particularly regarding USB. For me it's only working properly using the WiFi connection. Can anyone tell me about their experience with USB?

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    I have a esp 5200 working in Linux Mint at with wifi and usb. All I did was plug it in and it automatically set it up. Since Mint is based on Ubuntu it should work for you as well, although I can't get the scanner working. No big deal though since I can still use it to make copies and it's been years since i actually needed to scan anything.

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    Yes, I wrote the cups printer driver that you are using.
    The scanner driver is completely separate from the printer driver. It is now included in sane-backends 1.0.23 and may appear in future releases of ubuntu.

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    I downloaded the packages from Ubuntu Quantal and got my scanner working but only via usb the wifi is not detected. How would I go about getting it to detect the wifi? BTW thanks for the cups drivers! I just recently started using linux again and compared to 10 years ago printer support is pretty much plug and play, Linux has come so far!

    Update: Just got wifi working I just had to manually add the IP to the kodakaio.conf!
    Last edited by jmcook79; October 2nd, 2012 at 09:42 AM.

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    The kodakaio sane backend uses cups to autodetect network printers.
    This works OK in ubuntu 12.04 (cups 1.5.x).
    It would not be surprising if we find some problems with the autodetection in ubuntu 12.10 (cups 1.6.x) because cups 1.6 is a bit different from 1.5
    Which cups version does your Mint have?
    If you want to try and see what is going on during the autodetection, you need to enable debug output for kodakaio. (this should be explained in the kodakaio man page)

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    I'm using Mint 13 Maya and my cups version is 1.5.3. This version of cups audodetects the printer of my kodak esp 5200. Here's the debugging results.

    mike@mike-Aspire-5534 ~ $ export SANE_DEBUG_KODAKAIO
    mike@mike-Aspire-5534 ~ $ scanimage -L
    [sanei_debug] Setting debug level of kodakaio to 40.
    [kodakaio] ==========================================
    [kodakaio] sane_kodakaio_init: sane-backends 1.0.23
    [kodakaio] kodakaio backend, version 2.4.3
    [kodakaio] sane_kodakaio_init: called
    [kodakaio] sane_kodakaio_get_devices: called
    [kodakaio] attach_one_config: len = 17, line = snmp-timeout 1500
    [kodakaio] attach_one_config: len = 22, line = scan-data-timeout 7000
    [kodakaio] attach_one_config: len = 20, line = request-timeout 5000
    [kodakaio] attach_one_config: len = 17, line = net autodiscovery
    [kodakaio] attach_one_config: len = 3, line = usb
    [kodakaio] sane_kodakaio_get_devices: found 0 scanner(s)
    [kodakaio] sane_kodakaio_get_devices - results:

    No scanners were identified. If you were expecting something different,
    check that the scanner is plugged in, turned on and detected by the
    sane-find-scanner tool (if appropriate). Please read the documentation
    which came with this software (README, FAQ, manpages).
    [kodakaio] sane_kodakaio_exit
    [kodakaio] free_devices
    Last edited by jmcook79; October 3rd, 2012 at 02:59 AM.

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    Here is a snip from the kodakaio.conf that says autodoscovery is broken, strange since cups detects my printer! I did notice however, that it almost got it right the default ip in the config file was 192.168.1.1 0x404 and mine is 192.168.1.68 0x404

    very strange...

    Network: Format is "net IP_ADDRESS [USB_ID]" or "net autodiscovery"
    ### if USB_ID is left out, SNMP is used to detect the device type
    ### Currently autodiscovery seems to not work
    ### So always use "net IP_ADDRESS [USB_ID]" as shown below
    ### You can find the printer's IP address on its control panel
    ### There is a list of USB_IDs at the end of this file

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    Now I am trying ubuntu 12.10 with cups 1.6 and I have the same problem, no auto-detection of network scanner. So I can work on the problem now.

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    It seems that the kodakaio backend in ubuntu 12.10 might have been compiled without cups, so the autodetection is not compiled into it.
    I compiled the backend myself, and autodetection worked in 12.10
    Installation was tricky. In 12.10 the sane libraries are in /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/sane.
    I manually copied the kodakaio libs there after installation to /usr/lib/sane

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    Re: Kodak AiO scanning sane backend

    If you compile sane-backends , the network auto detection should work.
    If you use the latest git version, the difficulties with install ing in ubuntu 12.10 should have been fixed.

    Instructions for installing from git are here
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompileSaneFromSource

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