Auto mount (autofs) sshfs access

1. Install autofs

Ubuntu/Debian: sudo apt-get install autofs
Red Hat/Fedora based: sudo yum install autofs

2. Edit /etc/auto.master and add a line:

/media/sshfs   /etc/auto.sshfs uid=1000,gid=1000,--timeout=30,--ghost

3. Edit /etc/auto.sshfs

mountpoint   -fstype=fuse,rw,nodev,nonempty,allow_other,reconnect,uid=1000
,gid=1000,max_read=65536,compression=yes,auto_cache,no_check_root,
kernel_cache :sshfs\#user@server\:/remotedir

4. Make the autofs mount point

mkdir -p /media/sshfs

5. SSH Access using Keys – for root

To make efficient use of sshfs access and a prequisite for autofs you need to set up host based key authentication. It is required that you can ssh from the root user to the target user on the remote filesystem using keys.

ssh-keygen -t rsa
scp .ssh/id_rsa.pub user@server:
ssh user@server
mkdir --mode=0700 -p .ssh
cat id_rsa.pub >> .ssh/authorized_keys
chmod 0600 .ssh/authorized_keys

Now test you can log in to user@remote from the root user without it prompting for a password

6. Start Autofs

Ubuntu/Debian: sudo autofs start
RedHat/Fedora: sudo service autofs start

7. Access your remote filesystem by going to /media/sshfs/mountpoint

cd /media/sshfs/mountpoint

You should now be access the remote machine as if it was part of your local filesystem

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3 comments on “Auto mount (autofs) sshfs access

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