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Is there a way to browse the filesystem on an Ubuntu server from Mac OS X with a GUI based app? I have a ton of logfiles on the server I would like to prune.. Currently I ssh into it, and rm from the command line, but would rather use a GUI ...

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You could always mount the remote volume using sshfs (FUSE filesystem module) so it'll appear as a native mount on your OS X system. Or you can use FUGU on the Mac, a free scp client that will let you browse the remote system using ssh to delete and transfer files.

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Filezilla works well as a sftp client for this type of thing. – 3dinfluence Mar 1 '10 at 16:51
FUGU works great for this simple task-- thanks ... – CaseyIT Mar 1 '10 at 17:24
@3dinfluence-forgot about filezilla...I use that mainly on Win/Linux. When I started looking for a SCP client I think filezilla wasn't yet available for OS X, so I switched to Fugu on the Mac and always stuck with that :-) – Bart Silverstrim Mar 1 '10 at 18:19
CyberDuck ( is another good file browsing client for OS/X. – gareth_bowles Mar 1 '10 at 18:44

Another way to do this is to ssh to the Ubuntu system and use Midnight Commander which is a text-mode menu based file manager. Not really a Graphical UI, but it's lightweight and likely to already be installed (or a quick apt-get).

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I usually have my users accomplish the same task with MacFUSE ( and Macfusion (

Once you've got MacFUSE installed, it's a few simple clicks to configure the Macfusion app to connect to the Ubuntu server via SSHFS. It'll mount the server, and you'll be able to browse/edit files in the OS X Finder.

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