Ha! Famous last words.
For Hardy, I guess the Ubuntu folks decided that users had
had it too easy for a while and it was time to throw us a challenge.
Under Hardy, scanning works fine as root, but normal users can't
access the scanner.
sane-find-scanner sees the scanner,
but xsane and the xsane-gimp plug-in can't talk to it (except as root).
It turns out the code for noticing you plugged in a scanner and setting appropriate permissions (like making it group "scanner") has been removed from udev, the obvious place for it ... and moved into hal. Except, you guessed it, whatever hal is supposed to be doing isn't working, so the device's group is never set to "scanner" to make it accessible to non-root users. Lots of people are hitting this and filing bugs (search for scanner permissions), in particular bug 121082 and bug 217571.
Fortunately, the fix is quite easy if you have a copy of your old gutsy install: just copy /etc/udev/rules.d/45-libsane.rules from gutsy to the same place on hardy. (If you don't have your gutsy udev rules handy, I attached the file to the latter of the two bugs I linked above.)
Then udev will handle your scanner just like it used to, and you don't have to wait for the hal developers to figure out what's wrong with the new hal rules.
[ 15:56 May 22, 2008 More linux | permalink to this entry ]