Unable to use AGFA Snapscan 1212u with Xubuntu 16.04 & 16.10

Asked by Stéphane on 2017-02-19


I recently installed xubuntu 16.04 from scratch and I wanted to install my old scanner AGFA snapscan 1212U. I followed the tutorial like this one http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/scanner_agfa.

At the end, the command "lsusb |grepAGFA" recognize the scanner (Bus 004 Device 003: ID 06bd:2061 AGFA-Gevaert NV SnapScan 1212U (?))
The command "sane-find-scanner |grep AGFA" recognize the scanner too (found USB scanner (vendor=0x06bd [AGFA], product=0x2061 [ Snapscan1212u_2]) at libusb:004:003).

When I use one time the command "scanimage -L", the scanner is recognized too (found USB scanner (vendor=0x06bd [AGFA], product=0x2061 [ Snapscan1212u_2]) at libusb:004:003)

However, when I make a test like "scanimage >test.jpg", it doesn't work with an I/O error. After if I redo the command "scanimage -L" there is no scanner known (No scanners were identified)

After that, I tried to update to xubuntu 16.10 and the symptom still the same after the upgrade.

I created a live persistent xubuntu 15.04 with mkusb and performed the scanner installation and it works !!!

In this case, I supposed that there is a bug in Xubuntu16.04 & 16.10. I don't really want to downgrade and didn't find any support on the different forum and net.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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michael (yellupcm-gmail) said : #1

I have never used this, but take a look at these sites.



Hope this helps.

Stéphane (generique) said : #2

Hi Michael,

Thanks for your answer, however it isn't an issue with the driver. It works with Xubuntu 15.04 but it doesn't work with Xubuntu 16.04 or 16.10.


If you try:

sudo scanimage >test.jpg

Does it work OK? This tests for permission issues.

Stéphane (generique) said : #4

Hi Andrew,

Yes I tried it and it didn't work too.

Stéphane (generique) said : #7

Hi Andrew,

the package sane-snapscan.5.gz is provided by libsane-common_1.0.25+git20150528-1ubuntu2_all and I've already the latest library : libsane-common is already the newest version (1.0.25+git20150528-1ubuntu2)

I already tested the topic associated with https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2266355 and it didn't work.

Nicolas Granger (ngranger) said : #8

This is most likely related to https://alioth.debian.org/tracker/?func=detail&atid=410366&aid=315308&group_id=30186
This issue is solved in the development version of sane-backend (I have only tested on arch-linux).

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