SSHFS remote softlinks requires follow_symlinks

Softlinks are useful on any operating system to replace long, complicated directory paths with a simpler one. Options for accessing remote softlinked paths over SSHFS is best done with the sshfs -follow_symlinks option.

Example

  • Server: joe@1.2.3.4 with external HDD /media/BigHDD
  • Laptop: remote SSHFS ~/X
  1. setup server:
    ln -s /media/BigHDD ~/BigHDD
    
  2. on laptop create joeBigHDD.sh
    #!/bin/sh
    sshfs -o follow_symlinks joe@1.2.3.4: ~/X
    

    then

    mkdir ~/X
    chmod +x joeBigHDD.sh
    
  3. connect to remote HDD from laptop via SSHFS
    ./joeBigHDD.sh
       
    cd ~/X/BigHDD
    
  4. To disconnect the SSHFS drive, on laptop:
    fusermount -uz ~/X
    

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Written by Michael Hirsch, Ph.D. //

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