It is a pain to handle files in a server connected via ssh. MacFUSE and Macfusion, applications which I introduce to you in this blog entry, let you mount such a server on your Mac like general disk images.
MacFUSE is a “user land file system” developed by Google. It enables you to implement a various kind of file systems on your user space rather than OS. Thus you can handle a server connected via ssh/ftp like a general file system.
MacFUSE provides only CUI and operation is a little bit of a hassle. Macfusion, a GUI wrapper for MacFUSE, helps mount a server. Note that MacFUSE needs to be installed before Macfusion.
Go to Downloads – macfuse – The Easiest and Fastest Way to Create File Systems for Mac OS X – Google Project Hosting – http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/downloads/list site, download the dmg file, and install the pkg file in it.
Alternatively, you can enter “sudo port install macfuse” to install the package via MacPorts.
Download the package from http://macfusionapp.org/ and store in any folder as you like.
Start up Macfusion and the list window shows up. Click the plus icon at the bottom of the window and choose SSHFS. Enter Host, Path, User Name, and Password. The server appears in the list window. Click Mount to mount it. Now in the Finder you can see an icon for the server like the CD drive and HDDs. You can access the server by clicking the icon. The server is also accessible from applications such as editor software.
Likewise, you can mount servers connected via FTP.
I have experienced in my environment that mounting fails due to an authentication time-out error. You could set the timeout time to a longer value.
Mac Explorer｜ MacFusion – MacFUSEのGUIアプリケーションでFTPサーバをデスクトップにマウント (Japanese text only) – http://idita.blog11.fc2.com/blog-entry-361.html