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Reason: shfs is probably not relevant anymore (Discuss in Talk:Shfs)

Shfs is a simple and easy to use Linux kernel module which allows you to mount remote filesystems using a plain shell (ssh) connection. When using shfs, you can access all remote files just like the local ones, only the access is governed through the transport security of ssh.

Note: The FUSE-based SSHFS is much more widely used, as shfs has not been updated since 2004.


Install the shfs-utils package.

Warning: In order to use shfs it needs to be installed and configured on the client side, not on the server side, server only needs to have working sshd running.


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Reason: Do not simply recommend setting the SUID bit on a binary since this can have severe security implications (Discuss in Talk:Shfs)

If you want to use shfsmount as mortal user, you will have to chmod +s /usr/bin/shfsmount and chmod + /usr/bin/shfsumount. However it is much more comfortable to put your mount options into /etc/fstab. For example:

remoteuser@Server:/data   /mnt/data   shfs    rw,noauto,uid=localuser,persistent   0       0
remoteuser@Server:/crap   /mnt/crap   shfs    rw,noauto,uid=localuser,persistent   0       0
remoteuser@Server:/backup /mnt/backup shfs    rw,noauto,uid=localuser,persistent   0       0
remoteuser@Server:/home   /mnt/home   shfs    rw,noauto,uid=localuser,persistent   0       0

You can Using SSH Keys to not type a password.

Maybe you need to complete your option list with port=<portnumber>.

Add an entry in fstab

To add an entry for an shfs volume in your fstab, add a line of the format:

userid@remoteMachine:/remoteDirectory /home/userid/remoteDirectory shfs rw,user,noauto 0 0

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