Thanks for the relies (even though I didn't get the answer I was looking for
I don't take installing from source lightly - that's why I'm not doing it on my live system. I don't necessarily want the "latest and greatest" but there are certain things I "need" to install. i.e. SANE to support my scanner and the latest Brother drivers for my printer.
I can't post a package request yet since this is my first post. (Been using PCLOS since June and this is the first thing I've considered worthy of a post). Besides, since package requests are handled on a priority basis, I might have to wait a while before enough people want the latest version.
So anyway... I know installing from source has its risks, and to be honest, I'm not totally comfortable with it, but needs must...
Given the emphasis on stability, it's sounding like re-arranging the PATH is a really bad idea. So I should uninstall the SANE from the repository so that only my new version is picked up?
BTW - PATH is /usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/bin: - WHICH sane-find-scanner returns: /usr/bin/sane-find-scanner