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this is really insane.

I just bought an "Epson Perfection 370" scanner, witch is supposed to be "perfectly" recognized by sane under linux...well, not under Arch actually...

Here is a small howto to make the 370 work on ArchLinux, I'll try to make a AUR package soon.

  • Install sane, iscan, iscan-data et deb2targz packages
  • Download drivers on Epson's website:

Go to; in the search field, enter "v370", then click on the "Download" link of the "iscan plugin package" line , then on "Accept", then, eventually, on the corresponding .deb for your architecture (i386/amd64). For the lazy running 64bit Arch, they can grab it there.

  • Convert the debian package into a tarball, then unpack it (in root):
# deb2targz /path/to/iscan-plugin-perfection-v370_1.0.0-2_amd64.deb
# tar -C / -xvf /path/to/iscan-plugin-perfection-v370_1.0.0-2_amd64.tar.gz
  • Register the new driver (in root):
# iscan-registry --add interpreter usb 0x04b8 0x014a /usr/lib/iscan/libiscan-plugin-perfection-v370 /usr/share/iscan/esfwdd.bin
  • Reboot
And voila, it just works. Thanks to this page and that one which helped me a lot in finding a solution.

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