Thursday, February 23, 2006

SSHFS and Fuse

Great way to have a secure remote filesystem at home and be able to mount it locally while at coffee shop or at work.

1) Download and install fuse and sshfs from

2) ./configure, make, and sudo make install for both fuse and sshfs

3) fuse will install libs under /usr/local/lib, so you must give kernel information on where to find the information by adding "/usr/local/lib" to the end of /etc/

4) Update ld cache: sudo ldconfig

5) I had to update /etc/modules to include "fuse" so that udev will re-create /dev/fuse when the module is loaded.

6) mount your remote directory:

$ mkdir thisdir

$ sshfs dbreese@ thisdir

$ mount

7) Unmount it:

$ fusermount -u thisdir

8) If /dev/fuse issues arrise (doesn't exist or can't write to it):

# mknod /dev/fuse c 10 229
# chmod o+rw /dev/fuse

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