Connecting to a server across the internet is much more secure using SSH. There is a way that you can mount a folder on a remove server using the SSHFS service.
There are quite a few steps that you’ll have to follow, so get ready and open a terminal window.
First we’ll install the module:
sudo apt-get install sshfs
Now we will use the modprobe command to load it
sudo modprobe fuse
We’ll need to set up some permissions in order to access the utilities. Replace <username> with your username.
sudo adduser <username> fuse
sudo chown root:fuse /dev/fuse
sudo chmod +x /dev/fusermount
Since we’ve added ourselves to a user group, we need to logout and back in at this point before we continue.
Now we’ll create a directory to mount the remote folder in. I chose to create it in my home directory and call it remoteserv.
Now we have the command to actually mount it. You’ll be prompted to save the server key and for your remote password.
sshfs <username>@<ipaddress>:/remotepath ~/remoteserv
Now you should be able to cd into the directory and start using it as if it was local.
geek@ubuntuServ:~/remoteserv$ ls -l
drwxr-xr-x 1 951247 155725 4096 2006-12-13 13:30 howtogeek.com
drwxr-sr-x 1 root root 4096 2006-09-11 06:45 logs
drwx—— 1 951247 155725 4096 2006-08-11 16:09 Maildir
drwxrwxr-x 1 951247 155725 4096 2006-10-29 02:34 scripts
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- Published 12/14/06