As I have an old CanoScan LiDE 30 and troubles under Ubuntu with SANE I have to use scanimage. It is know as as
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To scan a A4 which is the standard paper size over here is need to use
scanimage -l 0 -t 0 -x 215 -y 297 --resolution 150 > myimage.ppm
gives file size of 6 MB
Problem's I have so far is in the output size of the above line. The mode defaults to color so the scans are huge.
scanimage -l 0 -t 0 -x 215 -y 297 --resolution 150 --mode Lineart > myimage.ppm