Map remote connection's files to /home/somefolder (remote running Linux)

Is that an alright title? Trying to keep it short. Basically, I want to map files on my server (or any remote computer locally. Specifically, to a folder in my /home.

Here’s the tutorial on how to create your public/private key that I followed:

Once that’s done, you’ll want to create a folder for your mapped files. In my case, I chose to create /home/www/ to contain directories that match the name of the connection in question; for example, if I want to map a connection to, I’d create /home/www/ And, indeed, I will use that in my example commands below.

So, after creating the directory for your mapping, you’ll also need to copy your ssh key to the remote connection. That’s done using the ssh-copy-id command. You’ll need to have your username and password handy. The command to run is ssh-copy-id [email protected]. When it connects, you’ll be prompted to approve of the connection, then the password. If all works, then from terminal, you can ssh [email protected] and connect without being prompted for your password.

One final prerequisite: If you don’t have sshfs installed, run sudo apt-get install sshfs to install it.

So now we’re ready to run the command to connect:

sshfs [email protected]:/home/user/ ~/www/

To break that down:

  • sshfs - is the command
  • [email protected] is the user at the domain to which to connect
  • : - colon to add the remote folder to map
  • /home/user/ - the remote folder to mount as the local folder (it JUST occurred to me that using ~/ might work)
  • ~/www/ - whatever local folder you created

Assuming that command succeeds, you should now be able to open ~/www/ and see your remote files in Caja or whatever file manager you use.

This connection will last until you reboot.

Now we can step things up a notch. I’ve edited my .bash_aliases file with a function to make it easier to connect, as follows:

	if [ "$1" == ]; then
            sshfs [email protected]:/home/user/ ~/www/
	elif [ "$1" == ]; then
            sshfs [email protected]:/home/user/ ~/www/
		echo "Site not found in list."

Duplicate and update the “elif” line as you add more sites.

That means I can run s from terminal to connect that site.

Now, I’ve seen places talk about adding things to fstab to map these connections at startup, but that makes me a little nervous, personally. I haven’t gotten it to work, and frankly, I don’t want to keep all of my sites open permanently, as convenient as it would, admittedly, be. :smile:

If you have suggestions/corrections/opinions/etc, please let me know. I will be glad to edit this with better ideas and credit you. :smile:


Well, I just created some launchers for my desktop. Here is a sample desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=caja sftp://<USER>@<SITE>:<PORT>/home/<USER>/www/

Opens the folder you specify. I have several of these for various sites I admin. No need for sshfs or other fiddling around. You WILL have to have your proper keys and such in place.

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