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  1. #21
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    Lightbulb Re: Epson scanner driver not working

    Here I am, struggling with an Epson ET-2500 with the scanner driver on Ubuntu Studio 18.10 (Xubuntu) (fresh Install).
    Epson is delivering updates to the drivers regularly, but this does not help me (or us).

    Finally I got it running, but maybe not like it was originally planned.
    Here is what I have done. Hopefully you can also achieve at least a - I call it - emergency solution.

    I have downloaded the Epson scanner driver, for Ubuntu 18.10.

    imagescan-bundle-ubuntu-18.10-1.3.40.x64.deb.tar.gz
    unzipped, it gives a subdirectory with the install script.
    I installed it with this command

    $ tar xaf imagescan-bundle-ubuntu-18.10-1.3.40.x64.deb.tar.gz
    $ cd imagescan-bundle-ubuntu-18.10-1.3.40.x64.deb
    $ ./install.sh --without-network

    (if you do not want the network plugin)

    The result is this:
    $ apt list |grep epson

    epson-inkjet-printer-escpr/now 1.6.33-1lsb3.2 amd64 [Installiert,lokal]
    epson-printer-utility/now 1.0.2-1lsb3.2 amd64 [Installiert,lokal]
    imagescan-plugin-gt-s650/now 1.0.0-1epson4ubuntu18.10 amd64 [Installiert,lokal]
    imagescan-plugin-ocr-engine/now 1.0.0-1epson4ubuntu18.10 amd64 [Installiert,lokal]
    imagescan/now 3.50.0-1epson4ubuntu18.10 amd64 [Installiert,lokal]

    Note, the package is now called imagescan, not iscan (maybe because I have an different printer/scanner than the others here).
    Then restart the sane daemon.
    $ sudo /etc/init.d/saned restart

    Try to scan with imagescan. It is finding my Epson scanner, I can even scan an image (without preview), but when I try to save the document, nothing happens. No errors, no document created. No success.
    Also Simple Scan does not find a scanner, and also Xsane, cannot find the scanner.

    I tried the solution offered here, but it does not work (anymore?).

    What does "apt" have to say to this imagescan package?
    $ apt show imagescan
    Package: imagescan
    Version: 3.50.0-1epson4ubuntu18.10
    Status: install ok installed
    Priority: optional
    Section: graphics
    Maintainer: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION <linux-scanner@epson.jp>
    Installed-Size: 9.011 kB
    Depends: libatkmm-1.6-1v5 (>= 2.24.0), libboost-filesystem1.67.0, libboost-program-options1.67.0, libboost-system1.67.0, libc6 (>= 2.15), libgcc1 (>= 1:3.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.12.0), libglibmm-2.4-1v5 (>= 2.54.0), libgraphicsmagick++-q16-12 (>= 1.3.26-5~), libgraphicsmagick-q16-3 (>= 1.3.11), libgtkmm-2.4-1v5 (>= 1:2.24.0), libjpeg8 (>= 8c), libltdl7 (>= 2.4.6), libpangomm-1.4-1v5 (>= 2.40.0), libsigc++-2.0-0v5 (>= 2.8.0), libstdc++6 (>= 6), libtiff5 (>= 4.0.3), libudev1 (>= 183), libusb-1.0-0 (>= 2:1.0.22), graphicsmagick
    Recommends: sane-utils
    Suggests: tesseract (>= 3.03)
    Download-Size: unbekannt
    APT-Manual-Installed: yes
    APT-Sources: /var/lib/dpkg/status
    Description: next generation image acquisition utilities
    This software provides applications to easily turn hard-copy
    documents and imagery into formats that are more amenable to
    computer processing.
    .
    Included are a native driver for a number of EPSON scanners
    and a compatibility driver to interface with software built
    around the SANE standard.


    sane-utils was installed by the install script, but there is suggestion to install a tesseract package.
    OK, so then I installed these 2 packages:
    $ sudo apt-get install xsane
    $ sudo apt-get install sane
    $ sudo adduser $USER lp
    $ sudo adduser $USER scanner

    $ vi /etc/sane.d/dll.conf
    comment out the epson lines:
    epson2 ->  #epson2
    epsonds -> #epsonds


    the suggested changes to lib directories was not necessary (all OK).
    a) check if your epson lib is here:
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane'
    b) check if '/etc/udev/rules.d/79-udev-epson.rules'
    content:
    # chmod device EPSON group
    ATTRS{manufacturer}=="EPSON", DRIVERS=="usb", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="04b8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="*", MODE="0777"


    Restart the sane daemon, or reboot.
    $ sudo /etc/init.d/saned restart

    Check if scanner is found now:
    $ scanimage -L
    device `imagescan:esci:usb:/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb2/2-2/2-2:1.0' is a EPSON EPSON_ET-2500_Series

    Great!
    This solves my issue with the scanner partly. The imagescan program and simple-scan, do not work anything better.
    But, xsane is working just well (one caveat: no preview) now.
    And also the scanimage command line utility is working (Note if scanimage is finding your printer, it should also be possible to scan with this program. That is an emergency solution, if nothing else works. On my old 16.04 LTS Installation, that was the only thing that I managed to get running.).
    However, xsane is the better program (more options), than imagescan and simple-scan. At least I am happy, that I can use the scanner now.

    Hopefully, this will help some others, too.

  2. #22
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    Re: Epson scanner driver not working

    Quote Originally Posted by ivo.kovacic.sk View Post
    Solution can be found here
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...s/+bug/1728012
    See post #25 -
    Epson Iscan
    a) 'sudo ln -sfr /usr/lib/sane/libsane-epkowa* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane'
    b) generate '/etc/udev/rules.d/79-udev-epson.rules'
    content:
    # chmod device EPSON group
    ATTRS{manufacturer}=="EPSON", DRIVERS=="usb", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="04b8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="*", MODE="0777"

    I have used it for Epson V370 and it is working.
    I consider it verified.
    V Ubuntu 18.04 64 bit used and upgraded since 14.04, running on Asus X550C.
    Thanks a lot!
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    Red face Re: Epson scanner driver not working

    Thanks a lot, you are so great...., you've made me very very happy!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ivo.kovacic.sk View Post
    Solution can be found here
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...s/+bug/1728012
    See post #25 -
    Epson Iscan
    a) 'sudo ln -sfr /usr/lib/sane/libsane-epkowa* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane'
    b) generate '/etc/udev/rules.d/79-udev-epson.rules'
    content:
    # chmod device EPSON group
    ATTRS{manufacturer}=="EPSON", DRIVERS=="usb", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="04b8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="*", MODE="0777"

    I have used it for Epson V370 and it is working.
    I consider it verified.
    V Ubuntu 18.04 64 bit used and upgraded since 14.04, running on Asus X550C.

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