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I am doing a lot of coding over SSH and so I have decided to mount the file system via sshfs:

user@remote /home/user/mnt fuse.sshfs noauto,_netdev,users,idmap=user,reconnect 0 0 

If my internet connection breaks, my local machine 'freezes'. Since internet connection instabilities are rather common, I am looking for a more reliable way of mounting this file system, so that it does not affect my local machine if things go wrong. Are there special mount options that allow this?

PS: Working solely via terminal and screen is not an option.

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I don't think so. I've read and reread the man page several times looking for a way to gracefully unmount an sshfs -o reconnect mount point. As I recall, the only way that works is to omit reconnect from -o.

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