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I created a key pair to connect to a Synology disk from 12.04. Deployed, edit ~/.ssh/config to automatically use it. Tested:

ssh user@remotesynology

-> works like a charm. Tested on a second remote machine (running Ubuntu server) -> works.

Now tested:

sshfs user@theubuntuserver: /home/user/ubuntuserver

-> works


sshfs user@remotesynology: /home/user/remotesynology

-> error:

read: Connection reset by peer

I had a look at this issue, but that doesn't seem to apply (I have the user in the fuse group, and it works for the other machine) and I don't get a permission denied error.

What do I miss?

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Have you looked at ( It has a short list of debugging/resolution items. E.g.,: is sftp enabled in the server's sshd_config. – Ralph Rönnquist Dec 6 '15 at 2:09
Connection reset by Peer can be triggered by any loss of network connectivity. My favorite error was infact caused by the Router my ISP provided at the time - which limited inactive TCP connections to 60 seconds, and terminated them. Could you try a normal SSH connection and see if the connection resets, or terminal freezes after say 5 minutes of inactivity? There is a work-around with keep-alives I can try and source for you if this is the case. – Laice Jan 9 at 18:49

I've had issues in the past where sshfs was acting weird. First thing you really should do after installing sshfs is restart your machine, or at least X, once you've added yourself to the fuse group.

This error is typically seen when a user is not in the fuse group, or if allow_other in fuse is not enabled.

There have been times where my ssh key was causing issues. I've had to explicitly tell sshfs what key file to use, even when ssh was configured for it (~/.ssh/config).

  • sshfs -oIdentityFile=/full/path/to/id_rsa user@machine

Another solution is to use your /etc/fstab and add a new entry here:

sshfs#USER@MACHINE:/remote/path/ /mnt/local/path/      fuse    user,_netdev,auto_cache,reconnect,uid=1000,gid=1000,IdentityFile=/full/path/to/.ssh/id_rsa,idmap=user,allow_other    0       2

This tells your machine to mount /remote/path to /mnt/local/path. It's saying that this mount will be a fuse filesystem. There are a few other settings that allow things such as mounting when networking becomes available, automatically re-connecting if there is a disconnect, etc.

The idmap and allow_other portion allow users within the fuse group to mount the filesystem. It will also help map the permissions to match up to the user and group also specified.

In this example, you could then run the following to get the filesytem mounted:

  • mount /mnt/local/path/
  • ls /mnt/local/path/
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