Introduction to XSane

XSane is another front end for SANE-1.0.24. It has additional features to improve the image quality and ease of use compared to xscanimage.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 systemd platform.

Package Information

XSane Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.26 and SANE-1.0.24 (back ends)


Little CMS-1.19 and Gimp-2.8.14

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/xsane

Installation of XSane

Install XSane by running the following commands:

sed -e 's/png_ptr->jmpbuf/png_jmpbuf(png_ptr)/' \
    -i src/xsane-save.c                         &&
./configure --prefix=/usr                       &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make xsanedocdir=/usr/share/doc/xsane-0.999 install &&
ln -sfv ../../doc/xsane-0.999 /usr/share/sane/xsane/doc

A browser of your choice can be used to get inline help, using the following command, as the root user:

ln -sfv <browser> /usr/bin/netscape


Be sure to replace <browser> with the browser of your choice on your system.

Alternatively, if the environment variable BROWSER is set to the browser you want to use, eg, BROWSER="/usr/bin/firefox", it will be saved in ~/.sane/xsane/xsane.rc the first time you run xsane. If you wish to change it, edit or remove the mentioned file and use the instructions above to create a new one.

If GIMP is installed, issue the following command as the root user:

ln -sfv /usr/bin/xsane /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/

Command Explanations

ln -sfv ../../doc/xsane-0.999 /usr/share/sane/xsane/doc: This symlink is created to ensure that any program that looks for the XSane documentation in the default location will find it, as the documentation is installed in an alternate location specified in the make install command.

ln -sfv /usr/bin/xsane /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/: This creates a link in the system-wide GIMP plug-ins directory so that users can access XSane directly from GIMP. GIMP must be available before building XSane for this to work. Alternatively, create the link in ~/.gimp-2.0/plug-ins/ to provide individual user access. man xsane for additional information.


Installed Program: xsane
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/doc/xsane-0.999 and /usr/share/sane/xsane

Short Descriptions


is a graphical user-interface to control an image acquisition device such as a flatbed scanner.

Last updated on 2014-09-20 17:52:44 +0200