I needed to locally edit remote files on my server, so I tried to mount the whole remote file system (/) on my local system with SSHFS like so:

 $ sshfs username@domain.com:// /mnt -p 22

Then it stuck (cursor blinking, no output), so obviously I cancelled it with Ctrl+C.

After that, the mount point folder /mnt became sort of unusable, unreachable (you name it) and kept returning me this error message on any attempt to access it:

fuse: bad mount point `/mnt': Transport endpoint is not connected

And it took this weird look in its parent folder:

$ ls -l /
d?????????   ? ?    ?        ?            ? mnt`

How can I resolve the error and get back to normal?

What should I do to be able to use SSHFS?

1 Answer 1


1. Kill all sshfs processes

  • Either with killall command:

    killall sshfs

    or selectively:

  • Find all running sshfs processes:

    ps -ef | grep sshfs | grep -v grep

    Say you've got two of them running:

    $ ps -ef | grep sshfs | grep -v grep
    root     10906  5170  0 07:14 pts/0    00:00:00 sudo sshfs
    root     10907 10906  0 07:14 pts/0    00:00:00 sshfs 
  • Now kill them both or selectively by identifying them by their PID:

    sudo kill -9 10906 10907

2. Unmount your mount point

sudo umount -l /mnt

3. Edit /etc/fuse.conf so you never meet the fuse: bad mount point `/mnt': Transport endpoint is not connected error again:

  • Open it as root with your favorite editor, for example

    sudo atom /etc/fuse.conf
  • Uncomment the user_allow_other line.
  • Save and close.

4. Use SSHFS with the following options:

sudo sshfs \
-d \
-o allow_other \
-o reconnect \
-o ServerAliveInterval=15 \
user@domain.com:/ /mnt \
-p 12345 \
  • -d turns debug mode on (gives more output)
  • -o stands for "option"
  • -p allows you to specify port number
  • -C turns on compression


  • 5
    Didn't work for me, still hangs.
    – barnhillec
    Jan 14, 2019 at 22:19
  • Didn't work for me, but I realized that I can go through the folders of the mount via terminal. This indicated that Nautilus has messed up!. To confirm this, I installed Krusader and navigated to that folder without any error or issue. At this point I suggest you quickly check with terminal and another file manager instead of mounting and unmounting multiple times and etc. Dec 19, 2019 at 8:48
  • In my case I figured out it wasn't really hanging, I was just trying to reach something unreachable, and probably didn't wait long enough. Cursor might also have not been blinking. Got me the same error message after ctrl-c.
    – dasWesen
    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:25
  • 1
    Key here is to use sudo with umount. Without it messages like "Device or resource busy" or "Transport endpoint is not connected" pop up. Oct 8, 2020 at 9:16
  • I was using Android File Transfer (aft-mtp-mount) and sudo umount -l /mnt worked for me Oct 29, 2021 at 13:04

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