SSHFS remote softlinks requires follow_symlinks

Softlinks are useful on any operating system to replace long, complicated directory paths with a simpler one. Options for accessing remote softlinked paths over SSHFS is best done with the sshfs -follow_symlinks option.


  • Server: joe@ with external HDD /media/BigHDD
  • Laptop: remote SSHFS ~/X

Setup server:

ln -s /media/BigHDD ~/BigHDD

On laptop create

sshfs -o follow_symlinks joe@ ~/X


mkdir ~/X
chmod +x

Connect to remote HDD from laptop via SSHFS


cd ~/X/BigHDD

To disconnect the SSHFS drive, on laptop:

fusermount -uz ~/X