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How to mount and manage non-native file systems in OS X with FUSE

Topher Kessler | Dec. 5, 2014
If you've ever dreamed of using Linux's Ext3 file system or writing to NTFS formatted volumes, FUSE is for you.

3. In Terminal, run a command similar to the following to access a folder on the remote system and mount it at the folder you created:

sshfs username@hostname:/remote/directory/path /local/mount/point

In this command, /remote/directory/path is the path to the desired folder on the remote server that you have access to. (Alternatively, you can just use a forward slash to mount the root directory.) The /local/mount/point is the full path on your current system to the new mount folder. For example, if you want to mount the entire root file system from the remote computer at a folder called "mount" in your home directory, then you would run a command similar to the following:

sshfs username@hostname:/ ~/mount

While these approaches with FUSE can be used to mount various file system formats, for the most part, you will not need special approaches for handling hard drives and other storage media. The built-in support in OS X is enough for most uses, but there are some special cases where the storage management options offered by FUSE can be useful.


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