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I had my Brother MFC-5890CN scanner/printer working with Ubuntu 10.*.

Now that I have upgraded to 12.04 LTS, the printer is still working but my scanner fails.

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I found information that might help your problem from this link.

You could either run xsane with root or you may adduser <user> lp. I tried and they both work.

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this is not ideal and should be avoided if there is another fix. – Dustin May 31 '13 at 17:56
It is possible to use xsane without root if one installs the brother-udev-rule-type package on brothers website. – virtualxtc Dec 17 '13 at 4:38

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