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SSHFS is convenient, but it doesn't mesh well with rsync or more generally with synchronization tools. The biggest problem is that SSHFS largely kills rsync's performance optimizations. In particular, for medium to large files, when rsync sees that a file has been modified, it calculates checksums on parts of the file on each side in order to transfer only ...


To answer your main question: yes there are differences. With sshfs there is an existing connection to allow access to remote files over a secure channel and with rsync over ssh, that secure channel is set up to talk to a remote rsync instance. To answer your secondary question: The rsync over ssh will be faster for most, if not all instances, because the ...


mount with option allow_other. If you rely on these permissions being enforced, add the option default_permissions.


The question was answered in a linux mailing list; I post a translated answer here for completeness. Solution The solution is not to used both the options default_permissions and allow_other (which I didn't try in my original experiments). Explanation The problem seems to be quite simple. When you give the option default_permissions in fusermount then ...

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