MacFusion and MacFuse

Some professions require you to be connected to many servers. This means that most of the files that you need to edit are available on those servers. I am in the word of modeling (not the fashion modeling, but the numerical modeling) and I need to edit computer programs. Usually these programs take several days to run and requires large memories. So, it is better to run them on a more reliable machine and cluster.

There are several options. One method is to just have one copy on your machine, edit it with the latest update and once you want to execute it, move it to the server, via ftp or sftp, and compile it and run it. Although this sounds funny, but believe it or not, that’s the method many are using.

The other option is to have everything on the server and either use vi or one of those visual editors. The problem is that I don’t like vi, no offense to vi-lovers, and visual editors over internet and on busy clusters may be too slow.

The third option is to have a text editor such as JEdit, or the recent version of TextWrangler (of course, I have assumed that you are using MAC, pretty much clear from the title of this post). The good thing about these softwares are that they recognize your source code and they highlight the text based on their roles.

The alternative is to install MacFusion. MacFusion is a very easy to use interface to SSHFS. You can install SSHFS manually and using the command line, mount any folder on virtually any server on your MAC. MacFusion makes the life even easier, by providing a nice and easy to use GUI. Installing the MacFusion is also easy like any other Mac software.

MacFusion depends on MacFuse provided by Google. You have to first download the MacFuse from Google Code Project and then you can install and use MacFusion. MacFuse also enables you to mount NTFS drives with Write Permission on MAC.

MacFusion requires a little bit of adjustment to work on Snow Leopard though. Fortunately, there is a very nice explanation by Racker Hacker, Major Haydon, based on the Tweets of Geoff Watts. To summarize these steps, first you have to quit the MacFusion after installation, then upgrade your MacFuse to the latest Beta version. and then in a terminal type:

sudo rm /Applications/

Once you have MacFusion working, you can mount any folder on virtually any server as simple folder/volume on your Mac, then start to copy/paste in and out of that folder or use any software that you like to open any files that you want.

Hope you are going to enjoy using MacFusion.

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2 Responses to MacFusion and MacFuse

  1. Dany De Cecchis says:

    Hey Mohammad, I was trying to follow your and other’s instructions to install macfuse, and macfusion after I upgraded my system to Lion 10.7 (bad idea, it’s still unstable in comparison with Snow Leopard). So, your instructions don’t work for this case. After to expend half a head aching day, I found this blog that it was the only one who gave me the instructions properly. Couple thing anyways. One, there is another new implementation of MacFuse for Lion called OSXFUSE,, or the developer webpage; so I didn’t try go through the instructions given by Whatbox using OsXFuse instead. Two, When I updated the sshfs binaries, the latest version didn’t work for me, so I had to use sshfs-2.2.1.

    I hope this help you and others 🙂



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