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I know sshfs is used to mount remote directory to local, but I need to mount local directory to remote fs.

I would like to mount a local folder such as:


onto a remote machine which I have ssh access to, such as:


The goal being that edits made locally are reflected on the remote filesystem.

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fyi: mysteriousswede.blogspot.com/2012/01/… this is possible. –  quinn Apr 4 at 21:04
@quinn is it working solution? –  Konga Raju Apr 18 at 4:29
Yes, I'm using it currently, seems to work fine –  quinn Apr 18 at 5:14
Actually, I have one issue: superuser.com/questions/743316/… –  quinn Apr 18 at 11:31

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In order to do this "all" you need to do is reverse your logic. You could, for example, set up a 1 liner which would ssh into the remote machine and then use sshfs to mount the remote directory on the local machine on that box. Of-course this might be simplistic what with NAT, firewall rules etc, but you did not describe your usage case.

There are other protocols like SMB and, even better, NFS - but they will suffer similar issues.

The core of the problem you have is that a machine needs to trust the source of the data, and if you can remotely mount a file system that would break one of the core tenets of internet security.

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