despite the fact of the strong discussion I sometimes have with our chief mathematician “JFB” (he won’t use Wikis until he’s able to synchronize them with his notebook!!) he’s a rich source for UNIX knowledge, and of course a true friend. Actually he convinced me 15 years ago to use Unix, thanks Josef. The other day he came up with the recommendation to use macfuse and sshfs. My first impression, its a wonderful tool specially for developers. Just imagine you do not need NFS with it’s exuberant port allocation and the resulting trouble with firewalls, just type:
sshfs remoteuser@remotehost:/path/to/remote_dir local_mountpoint
and your NetBeans will use the local_mountpoint as a working directory or the Mac finder will show all the files and subdirectories in remote_dir.
Josef, I wrote this post with my Mac at my knees and was never afraid loosing any data (hoping the guys at the Enterprise Lab doing their backup job). This is Web 2.0 and sun we’re entering web 3.0 by living in virtual worlds such as Wonderland.