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Sorry if this is a dumb question. I have my reasons for wanting to do this. I am looking for a way to possibly access directories that are dependencies without actually having to copy them to my active server. Is there a known way of doing this?


Application A requires Tools A. Tools A exists on Server1. Application A is running on Server2. Tools A is extremely large, or secured on Server1, and Server2 is being used by a novice user who could possibly be insecure or doesn't want a large directory copied over.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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closed as too broad by Tim Brigham, mdpc, Rex, Dave M, Katherine Villyard Mar 12 '14 at 20:54

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I'm voting to close on this - as it stands this is way to broad. Some utilities can be mounted and run over SSH, others can't. – Tim Brigham Mar 10 '14 at 17:39

The answer is probably network filesystem. To name a few:

  • sshfs
  • NFS
  • CIFS
  • ...

Each has its qualities and issuers, so you'd better be careful before using one in production. NFS has quite probably better reputation. Of course, because data is remote, performance will suffer.

Happy mounting !

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Mmm, NFS... for all your not-working file system needs! :) – HopelessN00b Mar 10 '14 at 17:45

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