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mount_psshfs -- sshfs implementation for puffs
mount_psshfs [options] user@host[:path] mount_point
The mount_psshfs utility can be used to mount a file system using the ssh
sftp subprotocol, making a remote directory hierarchy appear in the local
directory tree. This functionality is commonly known as sshfs.
The mandatory parameters are the target host name and local mount point.
The target host parameter can optionally contain a username whose creden-
tials will be used by the remote sshd, and a relative or absolute path
for the remote mount point's root. If no user is given, the credentials
of the user issuing the mount command are used. If no path is given, the
user's home directory on the remote machine will be used.
The following command line options are available:
Opens nconnect connections to the server. Currently, the value has
to be 1 or 2. If 2 is specified, a second connection is opened for
the reading and writing of data, while directory operations are per-
formed on their own connection. This can greatly increase directory
operation performance (ls, mkdir, etc.) if mount_psshfs completely
saturates the available bandwidth by doing bulk data copying. The
default is 1.
-e Makes the mounted file system NFS exportable. If this option is
used, it is very important to understand that mount_psshfs can not
provide complete support for NFS due to the limitations in the back-
end. Files are valid only for the time that mount_psshfs is running
and in the event of e.g. a server crash, all client retries to
access files will fail.
Pass a configuration file to ssh(1). This will make it ignore the
system-wide /etc/ssh/ssh_config configuration file and use
configfile instead of ~/.ssh/config.
Converts remote manglegid to the effective gid of the file server
and vice versa. See -u.
This flag can be used to give standard mount options and options to
Pass an option to ssh(1), for example -O Port=22. For a list of
valid options, see ssh_config(5).
-p Preserve connection. This option makes mount_psshfs to try to
reconnect to the server if the connection fails. The option is very
experimental and does not preserve open files or retry current
requests and should generally only be used if the trade-offs are
Limits maximum outstanding read requests for each node to max_reads.
This can be used to improve interactive performance on low-bandwidth
links when also performing bulk data reads.
-s This flag can be used to make the program stay on top. The default
is to detach from the terminal and run in the background.
By default mount_psshfs caches directory contents and node
attributes for 30 seconds before re-fetching from the server to
check if anything has changed on the server. This option is used to
adjust the timeout period to timeout seconds. A value of 0 means
the cache is never valid; -1 means it is valid indefinitely. It is
possible to force a re-read regardless of timeout status by sending
SIGHUP to the mount_psshfs process.
Note: the file system will still free nodes when requested by the
kernel and will lose all cached information in doing so. How fre-
quently this happens depends on system activity and the total number
of available vnodes in the system (kern.maxvnodes).
Converts remote mangleuid to the effective uid of the file server
and vice versa. This is a simple special case of the functionality
of mount_umap(8). For example: you mount remote me@darkmoon as the
local user "me". If the uid of "me" on the local system is 101 and
on darkmoon it is 202, you would use -u 202 to see files owned by
202 on darkmoon as owned by 101 when browsing the mount point.
Apart from the cosmetic effect, this makes things like "chown me
file" work. See -g.
The following example illustrates how to mount the directory /usr on
server bigiron as user abc on local directory /mnt with ssh transport
mount_psshfs -O Compression=yes abc@bigiron:/usr /mnt
It is possible to use fstab(5) for psshfs mounts, with SSH public key
abc@bigiron:/usr /mnt psshfs
sftp(1), puffs(3), puffs(4), fstab(5), ssh_config(5), mount(8), sshd(8)
The mount_psshfs utility first appeared in NetBSD 5.0. It was inspired
by FUSE sshfs.
Permissions are not handled. Do not expect the file system to behave
except for a single user.
Depending on if the server supports the sftp(1) statvfs protocol exten-
sion, free disk space may be displayed for the mount by df(1). This
information reflects the status at the server's mountpoint and may differ
for subdirectories under the mount root.
NetBSD 9.0 January 7, 2010 NetBSD 9.0