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Mounting Remote shares with SSHFS

Filed under: General Linux,Quick Linux Tutorials — at 4:47 pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

If you have ssh access to a remote machine and wish to browse the file system SSHFS is a great utility.
It can be easily installed by your favorite package manager, or compiled from scratch. It has been a dear friend of mine for at least a couple of years.

To mount a file system with SSH, it is almost simpler than making an SSH connection:

sshfs [user]@[host]: [mountpoint]

to unmount is just as simple. Either:

fusermount -u [mountpoint]


sudo umount [mountpoint]

Once your remote file system is mounted, you may bask in its glory and take advantage of everything a local file system has to offer although you may notice a slight delay.

If you’re an mplayer user and wish to stream media, you can use the -cache option to give you a little bit of a buffer.

Keeping your Firefox Bookmarks Synced

Filed under: General Linux — at 12:37 am on Thursday, July 3, 2008

Keeping your FireFox bookmarks synced between multiple computes is a great concept. We sync everything else from e-mail to contacts to music so why not keep our bookmarks in a central location? In this post I’ll describe the method I’ve been using without any problems for the past three months or so. Feel free to contribute how you achieve the same thing. The only requirement for me is that the bookmarks be cross platform, so I can log into any sort of machine that runs FireFox and view my bookmarks.

I looked into using sshfs to sync my bookmarks folder also, but this seemed like a lot of work. So I decided to scout out the online bookmarking services. There are the big ones like, Google bookmarks and then countless other smaller ones. The major ones looked promising, so it was difficult to choose one. The deciding factor for me was the actual FireFox plugin its self. The GMarks plugin for FireFox seems to be very stable and simple to use. It works well on Windows, Linux and MacOSX. It has an export feature and is based off of the Google Bookmarks service so I don’t have to worry about losing my bookmarks.

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