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I want to mount a shared directory on my mac into a folder on my Ubuntu server so that I can copy backup files to the mac using some sort of automation.

Before I even start on the whole automation thing I would like to be able to mount the directory manually.

Oh how I have Googled! I have come up with many versions the mount command. The one that came closest to working (that is, it asked for my password and didn't object to the answer) was this:

sudo mount -o user=**** // /files/mountpoint

It produced the following error:

mount error(95): Operation not supported

Am I on the right track? I have tried various versions of the command. Either it fails on authentication or I get the above error.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated,



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Simon, check this link out. It looks like someone got it working.… – amanthethy Jul 30 '14 at 16:12
@amanthethy Thanks for supplying that link. Unfortunately it doesn't help. I am using Ubuntu in a command line only environment and that solution requires a graphical interface. – Simon Jul 30 '14 at 16:23
You should look into using SSHFS instead of mount then. and – amanthethy Jul 30 '14 at 17:15
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A shared folder is not the best way if you want to automate backups to your mac

Instead enable SSH on the Mac on and transfer your backups over it.

Go into System Preferences’. Under ‘Internet & Networking’ there is a ‘Sharing’ icon. Run that. In the list that appears, check the ‘Remote Login.

Since you want to use automation. this will serve quite good.

Here is an example of how copy a folder from your Ubuntu computer to your mac

rsync -azvr /path/to/source/folder MAC:/path/to/where/you/want/to/saveit/

where MAC is the ip address of your mac the good thing with rsync that if you re-run this command it will only copy the changed files from the source directory over to your mac saving time and bandwith.

the z flag adds compression. If you are copying a lot of already compressed files like movies, images or mp3s you don't gain any speed in using it

IF you still want some kind of drive mapping so you can browse the computer from guy. It can also be done over ssh with the help of sshfs

on your ubuntu computer install sshfs. Then add your user to the fuse group and finnally mount the remote server

from terminal:

sudo apt-get install sshfs #to install sshfs
mkdir macfolder 
sshfs username@MAC:/ macfolder

will mount your mac root filesystem under the folder macfolder

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Thanks for that tomodachi - I like the look of this solution, I shall be trying it in the morning. I still want to acheive the drive mapping, the solution above looks good but this solution looks just right for backup purposes. – Simon Jul 30 '14 at 17:35
@Simon added instruction for mounting the folder over ssh as well – tomodachi Jul 30 '14 at 18:48
Yes, that all worked thank you tomodachi. rsync is definately the solution for me regarding the backups. The sshfs solution will be most useful for other purposes. rsync has given me another problem but I think i should open a new thread for it. – Simon Jul 31 '14 at 9:19

How to mount SSH locations using SSHFS.

Step 1:

  • "On your Mac, open Sharing preferences if it isn’t already open, then select Remote Login. Selecting Remote Login also enables the secure FTP (sftp) service."

Step 2:

  • From Ubuntu, install SSHFS sudo apt-get install sshfs.
  • Make a mount point. #mkdir /mnt/macMount
  • Mount the SSH Folder #sshfs YOUR_MAC_USERNAME@YOUR.MAC.IP:/ /mnt/macMount/
  • Then check to see it worked. cd /mnt/macMount and ls to confirm things are where they should be
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Thanks amanthethy ... I will try this one in the morning. – Simon Jul 30 '14 at 17:33
This worked ... thanks amanthethy. – Simon Jul 31 '14 at 9:16

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