The purpose here is to fire up a EC2 compute server, run a program and save the output from that program on our local compute cluster at the university.
Basically, you just need to a line to /etc/fstab and save the instance as an image (that's what I did).
What you need:
- An Amazon EC2 instance with sshfs installed.
- A user with SSH keys properly setup to the remote system (the SSH keys cannot require a passphrase).
sshfs#ubuntu@remoteserver:/home/ubuntu/remote_folder/ /home/ubuntu/local_folder/ fuse user,delay_connect,_netdev,reconnect,uid=1000,gid=1000,IdentityFile=/home/ubuntu/.ssh/id_rsa,idmap=user,allow_other,workaround=rename 0 0
Everything is one long line that goes into /etc/fstab. The IdentityFile points to your SSH key. You need the "_netdev" keywords to mount the SSHFS folder after network becomes available. The "reconnect" keyword does what it reads, so throw that in as well.
I read a few posts from other people who had difficulties mounting SSHFS properly without the "delay_connect" and "workaround=rename" keywords, so I added those for good measure.
Note that you need the trailing / after the folder names! I won't work without (and I'm talking from bitter experience here).
Furthermore, you want to add the following line to /etc/ssh/ssh_config
This makes SSH send a keep alive signal every 5 seconds so you don't get disconnected due to being idle.
Apart from that I think the above should be self-explanatory (for someone looking for this information).