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I'm trying to set up an HP C4280 to send a scanned image to the Pi disk when the "scan" button on the scanner is pressed. HP expects a Windows program to be running, but I'd like to be able to scan to a file and retrieve the file later. Has anybody done something similar? I don't know where to get hold of the api for the HP scanner.

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Have you tried the HPLip package? It is on raspbian repository.

Features supports and info for your model: http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/models/photosmart/photosmart_c4200_series.html

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It's unlikely that you're going to "get ahold" of the api. Printers don't have a public API; you need to get the driver directly from the manufacturer. HP doesn't offer a Linux driver for the C4280, let alone a drive compiled for ARM.

Alternatively, you could try and reverse engineer it. This would be a monumental task and is unlikely to work well on such a complicated device.

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