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I'm on a mac and have been using CyberDuck FTP to connect to a client's server. It is an ASP/IIS server and when I connect to it CyberDuck tells me

This server can support more secure FTP-SSL connections

That's great - so I click on the OK button and it connects via FTP-SSL.

Well, I want to be able to mount that volume on my Mac and I think that SSHFS should work.

I've installed sshfs and fuse4x using homebrew but now I can't connect to this server.

I made a directory to mount it to:

mkdir ~/fuse-mnt

The I try to mount it:

sshfs -p 21 ~/fuse-mnt/ -d

I've added the -d for debugging but it just hangs without a real error

FUSE library version: 2.8.7
nullpath_ok: 0
ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host
remote host has disconnected

I've also tried port 21 with -p 21 because that appears to be the port that CyberDuck connects on.

I read this tutorial and also tried using the following options:


None of this is working for me. What am I doing wrong?

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You are confusing SSH and SSL, which are different protocols. Likewise, sshfs is a SFTP client – as in "SSH File Transfer Protocol". It does not support FTP, which is a completely different protocol, nor FTPS (aka FTP-SSL or FTP-TLS), which is FTP inside SSL.

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Thanks for clearing this up for me. Can you recommend some ways to mount ftps volumes on Mac OS X? What I really want to do is to be able to download / backup the site - and then do this again and only get things that have changed. I was hoping to do this via rsync if I could mount the drive. – cwd Apr 14 '13 at 22:31
i will accept a different answer if someone else can provide better insight on this. – cwd Apr 15 '13 at 3:40

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