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
  1. setup server:

    ln -s /media/BigHDD ~/BigHDD
  2. on laptop create

    sshfs -o follow_symlinks joe@ ~/X


    mkdir ~/X
    chmod +x
  3. connect to remote HDD from laptop via SSHFS

    cd ~/X/BigHDD
  4. To disconnect the SSHFS drive, on laptop:

    fusermount -uz ~/X