5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 6, 2011 1:14 AM by AndreasUK
Dimitrios Tourtouras Level 1 Level 1
So I installed SANE for an old scanner, which is now replaced by a new Canon that is supported by native OSX and canon drivers. I therefore uninstalled SANE, the prefpane and all occurrences in the /Library and so on, however it is still being listed as an option in the scanners that can be shared i.e. in System Preferences>Sharing>Scanner sharing.

How do I go about removing this, any hints?

I also have this suspicion that this is the root of major issues I have accessing the scanner on my system some times, since I get "scanner communication errors" quite frequently, which are in turn resolved my plugging my scanner off and back on again...I did reinstall the software and drivers that came with the scanner to no avail.


iMac 27'', Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10
    Open Print & Fax preferences, select the SANE entry then click on the Delete [-] button.
  • Dimitrios Tourtouras Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for your reply.

    There is no "SANE" in Print & Fax preferences, since I already deleted it back on step 1...Next up was checking to see if it was still listed under Sharing>Scanner Sharing> list, which it was...which lead me to look it up on the net and deleted all relevant occurrences from /Library etc. as I said before, yet I'm still left with the link in the aforementioned list that I cannot get rid of.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10
    Here's something I found that may help:

    Look inside /Library/Image Capture/TWAIN Data Sources. Remove any *.ds files/folders you see that correspond to a scanner you no longer have. (Some will be files, some will be folders, some will be packages.)

    +Complements of Charles Dyer 2009+.
  • Dimitrios Tourtouras Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks, but i'm already way past that setp...Thing to bare in ming is that the SANE reference and tick box is NOT present under System Preferences > Print & Fax, but System Preferences > *Sharing > Scanner Sharing*.
  • AndreasUK Level 1 Level 1

    Hey, I used wonder as well where the information was stored regarding the scanner sharing and I think I found a solution. Here's what I found. Download an application that can edit .plist files, such as Martin Bresink's "Prefedit" or "PlistEdit Pro".


    Go to this location: ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost and find the file "com.apple.ImageCaptureExtension2.[xxxxxxxxxxxx].plist" where X's stands for your specific Ethernet/Airport Mac address.


    Edit the file using the application mentioned and remove your scanner/device (SANE) from the Devices list (remove the device number, ie. 0 or 1 or 2, etc). Save the file. If unable to save, change permissions to own the file, save it, and reset the permissions.


    That removed the shared scanner from my list of scanners in the sharing preference.


    Hope it works.