Manual Reference Pages - SANE-TEST (5)
sane-test - SANE backend for testing frontends
Scan Mode Options
Bool Test Options
Int Test Options
Fixed Test Options
String Test Options
Button Test Option
sane-test library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) backend that allows
testing the SANE installation and SANE frontends. It provides access to a
(nearly) unlimited number of virtual devices. There is no support for real
scanners or cameras. However, the backend simulates scanning and setting
The idea is not only to find bugs in frontends but also to show all
capabilities of SANE. Therefore
sane-test implements functions and options that are not (or seldom) found in other
The backend is commented out in /usr/local/etc/sane.d/dll.conf, so either the comment
character must be removed or the backend must be called explicitly. E.g.
scanimage -d test or xscanimage test.
SCAN MODE OPTIONS
mode selects the scan mode (Gray or Color).
depth determines the number of bits per sample (1. 8, or 16). Keep in mind, that
this value refers to the sample, not the pixel. So depth=16 results in 48
bits per pixel in color mode. The most usual combinations are mode=Gray,
depth=1 for lineart, mode=Gray, depth=8 for gray and mode=Color, depth=8 for
color mode. The combination of color and 1-bit mode is quite obscure (8
colors) but allowed in the SANE standard. However, the meaning of bits is not
defined. Currently 1 = high intensity and 0 = low intensity is used.
hand-scanner results in the test-backend behaving like a hand-scanner. Hand-scanners do
not know the image height a priori. Instead, they return a height of -1.
Setting this option allows one to test whether a frontend can handle this
correctly. This option also enables a fixed width of 11 cm.
three-pass simulates a three-pass scanner. Older color scanners needed to scan the image
once per color (reg/green/blue) to get the full image. Therefore, in this mode
three single frames are transmitted in color mode.
three-pass-order provides support for changing the order of the three frames (see option
three-pass above). A frontend should support all orders.
resolution sets the resolution of the image in dots per inch.
source can be used to simulate an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). After 10 scans, the
ADF will be "empty".
test-picture allows one to set the image thats returned to the frontend. While "Solid white"
and "Solid black" are quite obvious, the other options need some more
explanation. Color patterns are used to determine if all modes and their
colors are represented correctly by the frontend. The grid should look like the
same in every mode and resolution. A table of all the test pictures can be
found at: http://www.meier-geinitz.de/sane/test-backend/test-pictures.html.
invert-endianness is set, the upper and lower bytes of image data in 16 bit modes are exchanged.
This option can be used to test the 16 bit modes of frontends, e.g. if the
frontend uses the correct endianness.
read-limit is set, the maximum amount of data transferred with each call to sane_read() is
read-limit-size sets the limit for option read-limit. A low limit slows down scanning. It
can be used to detect errors in frontend that occur because of wrong
assumptions on the size of the buffer or timing problems.
read-delay enables delaying data to the frontend.
read-delay-duration selects the number of microseconds the backends waits after each transfer of a
buffer. This option is useful to find timing-related bugs, especially if
used over the network.
read-return-value is different from "Default", the selected status will be returned by every
call to sane_read(). This is useful to test the frontends handling of the
ppl-loss is different from 0, it determines the number of pixels that are "lost" at the
end of each line. That means, lines are padded with unused data.
fuzzy-parameters selects that fuzzy (inexact) parameters are returned as long as the scan
hasnt been started. This option can be used to test if the frontend uses the
parameters it got before the start of the scan (which it shouldnt).
non-blocking determines if non-blocking IO for sane_read() should be used if supported by
select-fd is set, the backend offers a select filedescriptor for detecting if
sane_read() will return data.
enable-test-options is set, a fairly big list of options for testing the various SANE option
types is enabled.
print-options can be used to print a list of all options to standard error.
tl-x determines the top-left x position of the scan area.
tl-y determines the top-left y position of the scan area.
br-x determines the bottom-right x position of the scan area.
br-y determines the bottom-right y position of the scan area.
BOOL TEST OPTIONS
There are 6 bool test options in total. Each option is numbered. (3/6)
means: this is option 3 of 6. The numbering scheme is intended for easier
detection of options not displayed by the frontend (because of missing support
bool-soft-select-soft-detect (1/6) is a bool test option that has soft select and soft detect (and
advanced) capabilities. Thats just a normal bool option.
bool-hard-select-soft-detect (2/6) is a bool test option that has hard select and soft detect (and
advanced) capabilities. That means the option cant be set by the frontend
but by the user (e.g. by pressing a button at the device).
bool-hard-select (3/6) is a bool test option that has hard select (and advanced) capabilities.
That means the option cant be set by the frontend but by the user (e.g. by
pressing a button at the device) and cant be read by the frontend.
bool-soft-detect (4/6) is a bool test option that has soft detect (and advanced)
capabilities. That means the option is read-only.
bool-soft-select-soft-detect-emulated (5/6) is a Bool test option that has soft select, soft detect, and emulated
(and advanced) capabilities.
bool-soft-select-soft-detect-auto (6/6) is a Bool test option that has soft select, soft detect, and automatic
(and advanced) capabilities. This option can be automatically set by the
INT TEST OPTIONS
There are 6 int test options in total.
int (1/6) is an int test option with no unit and no constraint set.
int-constraint-range (2/6) is an int test option with unit pixel and constraint range set. Minimum
is 4, maximum 192, and quant is 2.
int-constraint-word-list (3/6) is an int test option with unit bits and constraint word list set.
int-constraint-array (4/6) is an int test option with unit mm and using an array without
int-constraint-array-constraint-range (5/6) is an int test option with unit mm and using an array with a range
constraint. Minimum is 4, maximum 192, and quant is 2.
int-constraint-array-constraint-word-list (6/6) is an int test option with unit percent and using an array a word list
FIXED TEST OPTIONS
There are 3 fixed test options in total.
fixed (1/3) is a fixed test option with no unit and no constraint set.
fixed-constraint-range (2/3) is a fixed test option with unit microsecond and constraint range
set. Minimum is -42.17, maximum 32767.9999, and quant is 2.0.
fixed-constraint-word-list (3/3) is a Fixed test option with no unit and constraint word list set.
STRING TEST OPTIONS
There are 3 string test options in total.
string (1/3) is a string test option without constraint.
string-constraint-string-list (2/3) is a string test option with string list constraint.
string-constraint-long-string-list (3/3) is a string test option with string list constraint. Contains some more
BUTTON TEST OPTION
button (1/1) is a Button test option. Prints some text...
The backend configuration file (see also description of
SANE_CONFIG_DIR below). The initial values of most of the basic SANE options can be configured
in this file. A template containing all the default values is provided
together with this backend. One of the more interesting values may be
number_of_devices. It can be used to check the frontends ability to show a long list of devices.
The config values concerning resolution and geometry can be useful to test
the handling of big file sizes.
The static library implementing this backend.
The shared library implementing this backend (present on systems that
support dynamic loading).
This environment variable specifies the list of directories that may
contain the configuration file. Under UNIX, the directories are
separated by a colon (:), under OS/2, they are separated by a
semi-colon (;). If this variable is not set, the configuration file
is searched in two default directories: first, the current working
directory (".") and then in /usr/local/etc/sane.d. If the value of the
environment variable ends with the directory separator character, then
the default directories are searched after the explicitly specified
directories. For example, setting
SANE_CONFIG_DIR to "/tmp/config:" would result in directories "tmp/config", ".", and
"/usr/local/etc/sane.d" being searched (in this order).
If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, this
environment variable controls the debug level for this backend. Higher
debug levels increase the verbosity of the output.
Henning Meier-Geinitz <email@example.com>
- config file values arent tested for correctness
| ||SANE-TEST (5) ||14 Jul 2008 |
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