Workarounds for emergency sshfs mount

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One day, I suddenly couldn’t SSHFS mount via the head end server from any computer via VPN, or even back in the office (LAN).

  • could not ssh into the main head end server
  • could ssh into the individual cluster units.
  • could not sshfs mount from those cluster units
  • could see my files via ssh.

Workaround

  1. using a Windows guest virtual machine, I was able to mount the windows side of the network share (that I can typically always mount via sshfs)
  2. I could sftp and scp from one of the cluster nodes (not the head end node, since I couldn’t get in via ssh).

Probably a weird, incorrect workaround–but it got me my badly needed files in a pinch.

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