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Mount a Linux Drive via SSH

Mount a Linux Drive via SSH
Learn to mount a Linux filesystem remotely (through LAN or Internet) in a secure and fast way.
This tutorial directly applies to Ubuntu Edgy (my test system), but will work with most modern Linux builds.

SSH allows us to securely connect to the filesystem of a remote computer.  In the past, it was primarily used as a secure replacement for telnet - but by using this simple tutorial, you will be able to easily mount your Linux filesystem for local browsing, file access, etc. 


Install SSH Server:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ssh


Test your connection to the SSH server:
ssh username@ip-address

Install FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace), which gives us sshfs access:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sshfs
sudo modprobe fuse

Configure your user to be a member of the fuse group:
sudo adduser username fuse
sudo chown root:fuse /dev/fuse
sudo chmod +x /dev/fuse

Because a new user group has been created, we must now logout and back into the system.  A reboot is not required; but a simple logout.  Before you logout, be sure to bookmark this tutorial so you don't lose your place.

When you have logged back in, we need to create a mountpoint within your home folder.  It is important to note that the mountpoint must be within a folder owned by your user; so the safest place to put the mountpoint will be in ~.

Let's call our mountpoint server:
mkdir ~/server

Now, let's mount the remote filesystem just to test:
sshfs username@ip-address:/ ~/server


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