usb scanner premissions issue when running sane-find-scanner
I have an HP Photosmart C4200 series USB scanner that I'm trying to get working under Debian Lenny. Running things as root works, this is the output:
found USB scanner (vendor=0x03f0 [HP], product=0x5c11 [Photosmart C4200 series]) at libusb:007:010
# scanimage -L
device `hpaio:/usb/Photosmart_C4200_series?serial=CN82IR300K04VP' is a Hewlett-Packard Photosmart_C4200_series all-in-one
However, running things as a regular user gives me:
found USB scanner (vendor=0x03f0, product=0x5c11) at libusb:007:010
$ scanimage -L
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).
Notice that sane-find-scanner does not print the and manufacturer of the scanner when called by the user. At first it seems like it's not a permissions issue, since my user is a member of the scanner group, and an ls on the device gives
# ls -l /dev/bus/usb/007/010
crw-rw-r-- 1 lp scanner 189, 777 2009-08-19 19:27 /dev/bus/usb/007/010
so members of the scanner group should have rw access. However, after a quick chmod a+w of the same file, sane-find-scanner works perfectly when called by the user.
Of course, I could just chmod the device every time I need to use the scanner, or even write some script that does that for me. However, I would like to know what it is that makes permissions not work like they are supposed to. A lot of documentation talks about how to modify udev configuration files to get the permissions on the device the way you want them, but the permissions on the device ARE the way I want them, it's just that sane-find-scanner seems to ignore the group of the user who runs it.
you need to give it permission. in your user group if your a newbe then you must post the system and the desktop manager.
A restart later and everything works fine. Weird, but not worth investigating any longer.
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