Now we will set up FUSE and sshfs to use a Thunar window to access the files on the server.
IN THE CLIENT COMPUTER as user install sshfs.
$ sudo pacman -S sshfs
IN THE CLIENT COMPUTER, in a Terminal window as user
$ mkdir /home/$USER/enosServer
The /home/$USER/enosServer directory is a Mount Point for the enosServer. You should never add any directories or files locally in this directory. If enosServer is not mounted, the enosServer directory should always be empty.
Here is the part you’ve been waiting for. In the CLIENT LINUX COMPUTER, as user
$ sshfs pshare@enosServer:/server /home/$USER/enosServer $
It should complete without any errors.
Launch Thunar, then Click on Home and click on enosServer. You should see the file “test” that was created when the DATA SSD was added.
Ideally, the enosServer folder should have nothing but subfolders to organize your data.
Eventually, as the enosServer folder is filled up, it could look something like this.
Also notice in the left column under the DEVICES, the enosServer Icon. Click on that, or click on username under PLACES then click on enosServer folder. Under DEVICES the enosServer Icon also has a unmount icon at the right side. DO NOT try to unmount the enosServer by clicking on this.
sshfs uses the FUSE kernel module to fool your client computer into thinking the /server directory on enosServer is a local directory named /home/$USER/enosServer. Anything you can do on a local directory, you can now do on the remote computer’s directory.
This is how you will manage the content on the enosServer’s DATA drive. Add files, delete files, add /delete folders just like you do on your local Drive.
So, manage data files with sshfs, and do maintenance on the Operating System by using ssh pshare@enosServer. Once set up maintenance is usually just doing updates with pacman -Syu and data backups.
Use the following to unmount enosServer. In the Client computer type in the following:
$ fusermount -u /home/$USER/enosServer
Direct Thunar to the /home/$USER/enosServer directory, and it should be empty. Because
there isn’t a remote directory mounted there anymore.
AUTOMATE THE MOUNTING PROCESS
This is all fine and dandy, but who wants to type in these commands all the time, much less remember the exact Syntax for the commands? Let’s automate this process. Here are the instructions for XFCE, it should be doable in any Desktop Environment.
Mount enosServer with a desktop launcher
In the client computer as user in user’s home directory
$ ls -l drwx------. 2 username username 4096 Jan 31 20:34 bin
Look for a directory named bin. If bin doesn’t appear, use mkdir to create one
$ mkdir bin
After creating bin, you may want to use
$ chmod 700 bin
to change the permissions as above for security reasons.
$ cd bin
Using your favorite text editor, create a file named AutoMountServer.sh and add these lines
$ vi AutoMountServer.sh #!/bin/bash sshfs pshare@enosServer:/server /home/$USER/enosServer exit Type in exit as the last line of the file, then close file $ chmod 754 AutoMountServer.sh $ ll -rwxr-xr- - don don 47 Jan 8 AutoMountServer.sh $ sudo pacman -S alacarte
click on Start button at the left of the panel – Settings – Main Menu
In the left-hand column, select System – then click on + New Item
Fill in Name: with what ever you want to call this launcher
Fill in Command: Browse to /home/username/bin/ AutoMountServer.sh
Fill in Comment: with whatever you want
Launch in Terminal? Leave it unchecked
Click on image at the far left and navigate to a desired icon
+ Other Locations – Computer – usr – share – icons – Adwatia – 32×32 – devices – drive-harddisk.png
select the icon, back in Launcher Properties click OK
Log off, then Log in so XFCE4 can detect the changes.
home/enosServer should be empty.
Click on the Start button – System – AutoMountServer
The server should be mounted on enosServer
You could right-click on the launcher and add it to the Desktop or the Panel.