I can mount an SSHFS like this:

sshfs -o idmap=user SSH_HOSTNAME:/ ~/mountpoint

Now it's nicely displayed in Nautilus like a removable device with an eject button. On clicking that button though, I get a permission error:

Unable to unmount “foo”

umount: /home/bytecommander/mountpoint: Permission denied

Same if I directly run umount ~/mountpoint.

I know I can unmount it using fusermount -u ~/mountpoint or I could use sudo umount ~/mountpoint, but I want to get it working in Nautilus (without elevated privileges), which seems to be using umount internally.

How can I achieve this?

PS: I have read somewhere that I should add my user to the fuse group, but there is no such group on my 16.04 system and the mounting works anyway, so I don't think it's needed.

  • try running with elevated privileges. Jan 19, 2018 at 17:26
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    @AndrewShum That's not really an option, as I don't want to run Nautilus in admin mode just to unmount an SSHFS I own myself. This question is only about getting the unmount from Nautilus working, I know how I can do it from the commandline.
    – Byte Commander
    Jan 19, 2018 at 17:38

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Seems to be known bug of GVFS:

Note: my Ubuntu 16.04 has fuse group, I'm member of this group, but Caja has the same problem (it's bug 1763033).

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