Accessing UBfs from Linux Computers

Use either SSHFS or Nautilus/Gnome to access UBfs from Linux. SSHFS is recommended if you are using a Linux distribution that supports FUSE, such as Ubuntu.

You must use a campus IP address,  use eduroam wireless on campus or run AnyConnect VPN client if you are off campus.

Using SSHFS to Access UBfs

Use SSHFS if you are using a Linux distribution that supports FUSE, such as Ubuntu.

Installing Needed Modules

Your distribution may have different commands or different names. This command should work on a typical Ubuntu-based distribution.

sudo apt-get install sshfs

Creating a Mount Point

Create a folder, such as ubfs, into which to mount your UBfs files with the correct permissions:

sudo mkdir /ubfs

sudo chown <current user> /ubfs

sudo chmod u+rwx /ubfs

Mounting Your UBfs Space

Mount UBfs to your folder /ubfs to access your UBfs space:

sshfs  /ubfs/

where UBITName is your UBITName and 1st_UBIT_letter and 2nd_UBIT_letter are the first and second letters of your UBITName.

Mounting Your UBfs Files using Nautilus/Gnome

You can view your files with Nautilus/Gnome, but if you want to edit them you must save them locally and then upload them using sftp.

  1. Double click on the Computer icon on the desktop; choose the File menu and then Connect to Server.
  2. Set the options in the dialog box using your UBITName and the 1st and 2nd characters of your UBITName:
    • Service: Secure WebDAV
    • Server:
    • Folder: ubfs/myfiles/1st_letter_UBITName/2nd_Letter_UBITName/UBITName
    • User Name: Your UBITName
  3. Click on Connect and enter your UBITName password when prompted. A new window will open where you can browse your files. If you edit a file, you must save it locally on your computer then copy it back to UBfs.
  4. When done, right click on the icon and select Unmount Volume.
Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.