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Secure Remote Filesystem

This is something that only a computer junkie could enjoy. In conjunction with the FUSE project (now an official part of the Linux kernel as of version 2.6.14), an SSH-wrapped remote filesystem—called sshfs—has been created.

This recent article describes sshfs in a bit more detail and provides some additional information.

So what does this mean? It means that for any remote system you can reach via SSH, you can mount that remote system’s filesystem inside an SSH tunnel. I can think of numerous possibilities, not the least of which involves easily updating a web site hosted on a remote web server without having to FTP (or SFTP) the files back and forth.

Now, if only there was a Mac OS X version of sshfs…it’s currently only available for Linux and FreeBSD.

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