Mount a Remote SSH Filesystem/Folder Using sshfs in Ubuntu 10.04

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If you ssh/sftp to your remote machine/server on a regular basis to download/upload files and stuff, then you can save all the hassle by mounting your remote folders on your local machine using sshfs. sshfs does make life really easy, as you can work on the remote files as if they are right there on your local machine. Setting this up is easy too. The approach should work with any major linux distribution (Fedora 13 or Suse etc.) just by suitably replacing the installation command)

Step 1: Download and install sshfs in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid.

sudo apt-get install sshfs 

in Fedora

yum install sshfs

Step 2: Add yourself to user group fuse, (typically one has to logout and login back for this to work, but in Ubuntu 9.10 it was not needed):

sudo adduser yourusername fuse

Step 3: Make a directory where you want to mount your remote folders.

sudo mkdir /mnt/remotedir
sudo chown yourusername /mnt/remotedir

Step 4: Mount the remote folder and you are done.

sshfs yourusername@remote_computer_ip:/path_on_remote_comp /mnt/remotedir

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