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MOUNT_PSSHFS(8) System Manager's Manual MOUNT_PSSHFS(8) NAME mount_psshfs -- sshfs implementation for puffs SYNOPSIS mount_psshfs [options] user@host[:path] mount_point DESCRIPTION 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 credentials 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: -c nconnect 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 performed 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 backend. 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. -F configfile 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. -g manglegid Converts remote manglegid to the effective gid of the file server and vice versa. See -u. -o [no]option This flag can be used to give standard mount options and options to puffs. -O sshopt=value 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 well understood. -r max_reads 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. -t timeout 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 frequently this happens depends on system activity and the total number of available vnodes in the system (kern.maxvnodes). -u mangleuid 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. EXAMPLES The following example illustrates how to mount the directory /usr on server bigiron as user abc on local directory /mnt with ssh transport compression enabled: mount_psshfs -O Compression=yes abc@bigiron:/usr /mnt It is possible to use fstab(5) for psshfs mounts, with SSH public key authentication: abc@bigiron:/usr /mnt psshfs rw,noauto,-O=BatchMode=yes,-O=IdentityFile=/root/.ssh/id_rsa,-t=-1 SEE ALSO sftp(1), puffs(3), puffs(4), fstab(5), ssh_config(5), mount(8), sshd(8) HISTORY The mount_psshfs utility first appeared in NetBSD 5.0. It was inspired by FUSE sshfs. CAVEATS 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 extension, 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 7.1.2 January 7, 2010 NetBSD 7.1.2