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Scanning . . .

There are many scanner options available, from old-fashioned parallel port devices to SCSI-connected scanners. These days, most people will choose a USB scanner for its low price and easy connection to the system. As with all devices, a visit to the USB devices for Linux Web site will save you time (and money) by helping you select a device that is well suited to run under Linux. If your scanner was connected to your system when you installed Linux, parts of the following section may not apply since your system may have already configured your scanner for you. Still, you should follow along to understand how all this happens.

Start by plugging in your scanner and, if necessary, turning it on (some scanners are on as soon as you plug them in). Any recent Linux distribution should do a very nice job of automatically noticing your scanner and loading the appropriate driver. Depending on your system, your USB scanner will be represented by the file name /dev/scanner0 or /dev/usb/scanner0. You may want to check for the existence of this file: Open a shell and type the following:


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