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Doing web development I love having all the tools I've grown used to right here at my disposal. Right here, meaning on my local machine. I don't mind popping Vim for a quit edit or config setting on a remote server, but I can't see myself developing in terminal-based apps full time. So here's the question:

I've been using Mamp flawlessly for a number of years, but moving to VM virtual appliances has proved more challenging. For one thing, I am at a loss for how to mirror my 'remote' web-root onto my mac so I can edit files in Textmate or MacVim. It's also nice to be able to save/add/delete locally and not to have to SSH each time I need to make some change.

Keeping things sync'd up is also a challenge. With Mamp, I could simply point my web-root to my dropbox/htdocs folder and presto! All my projects were sync'd up across as many machines as I wanted.

Any insight on a good strategy to tackled this issue would be appreciated!

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Mirroring is related to backup, but what you really want is to mount a network share. Both are ServerFault topics, voting to move. –  Ben Voigt Apr 29 '11 at 1:58

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Not many details given, but you may consider exporting your web root from the server and mounting it on your Mac.

http://support.apple.com/kb/TA22243?viewlocale=en_US shows how to mount an NFS file system on a Mac.

Your web server's sysadmin can configure NFS server for you.

Caveat: Data and password hashes are transmitted in cleartext. This may or may not be a problem, depending on your configuration (trusted / untrusted (public) network between your station and the web server).

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Ughh.. just lost my reply! Lets see if I can reconstitute it... –  Stormbytes May 1 '11 at 12:09
Not sure what other details you'd like. I'm using a JumpBox-Lamp running on VirtualBox. I'm developing in Mac OSX 10.6.x. I'd like to be able to mount my (JB) web-root in the OSX Finder so I can use OSX development tools. Thus far I'm using Panic-Transmit to sFTP into the JB & mount the target directory. This works - but I'd much rather be able to do it natively. I like your suggestion and will research NFS config for sharing on Linux - The link you posted is terrific once sharing has been enable on the remote host. –  Stormbytes May 1 '11 at 12:12
@Stormbytes Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't sure if I understood correctly what you wanted to achieve. After your comment I know I guessed correctly. All network traffic will stay inside the box (host <-> VM), so there shouldn't be security concerns about it being snooped. Glad to be of help :). BTW, could you accept the answer if you think it solves your problem? –  Paweł Brodacki May 2 '11 at 6:54

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