I have a remote filesystem which I mount on my Mac (10.11) with the following command:

sudo sshfs username@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:/ ~/mnt/remotefs

Sometimes this command works just fine, and it prompts me for a password and the filesystem is mounted. But other times, it just fails with a cryptic Bad address error. I'm not sure what's causing the failures - there's apparently no verbose option for sshfs, so I'm not sure how else I can figure out what's going on. ssh-ing in always works though, so it's not an availability issue.

  • What is the whole error you can see? – Jakuje Jan 28 '17 at 12:07
  • @Jakuje - that's the problem, that's the entire error message. sshfs doesn't have verbose mode. – 3cheesewheel Jan 30 '17 at 8:55
  • Does not have? -o sshfs_debug print some debugging information – Jakuje Jan 30 '17 at 8:58
  • @Jakuje oh, I totally missed that in the man page, I was only searching for 'verbose'. I'll try that! – 3cheesewheel Jan 30 '17 at 9:00
  • I tried added the sshfs_debug option, but now all it does it print the version. It still gives me just the Bad Address error message with no further information. – 3cheesewheel Mar 3 '17 at 12:09

You are not specifying the mounting address (where to mount on the host machine). Do it like this

sudo sshfs username@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:/ ~/mnt/remotefs . 

to mount it on the current directory. Note the . at the end to represent the fact that we want to mount on the current directory.

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  • I don't know how this was an answer to the OP question, however it was the answer to my problem which brought me here. – James Robinson Nov 9 '17 at 17:01

in case it helps someone else, I just made sure the local folder existed. for some crazy reason, something like "/Users/usernamehere/MT-owner/backup" would not work.

changed to "~/mt-backup" (making sure folder was created beforehand with mkdir -p ~/mt-backup) and it worked.

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