I can't get sshfs to work, no matter what I try it won't accept my password.

My hostname is netnoob44 and my username is seeder, and I am trying to use it like this.

sudo sshfs -o allow_other,default_permissions $USER@localhost:$HOME  /mnt/sharedfs -p 22222

It then asks me for my password:

[sudo] password for seeder: 
[sudo] password for seeder: 

I enter my password, it doesn't work.

This works.

sudo ping
[sudo] password for seeder: 
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=58 time=8.97 ms

This works.

seeder@netnoob44 ~ $ sudo mkdir test1
[sudo] password for seeder: 
seeder@netnoob44 ~ $ 

What is going on? Why won't this work?

I'm not locked out, I can still sign in and out fine and use sudo for anything else.

  • are you able to log in with ssh $USER@localhost:$HOME ?
    – Erik Aas
    Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 13:25
  • The fact that you're seeing two sudo prompts means sudo doesn't accept your password. Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 13:36
  • Have you searched the sudo-related log (depending on your system it may be, for instance, /var/log/auth.log, or the systemd journal (see journalctl) if you are using systemd-journald) for errors?
    – fra-san
    Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 13:37

1 Answer 1


First I'd check if you are able to ssh into the remote computer using ssh -p PORT USER@IP:/PATH. If this doesn't work then the issue is not with sshfs but with plain ssh.

If that works create a completely empty new directory using mkdir /tmp/TEMPORARY_MOUNTPOINT and afterwards try to mount the remote file system using sshfs -p PORT USER@IP:/PATH /tmp/TEMPORARY_MOUNTPOINT.

I'm not sure why you need to use sudo for that, on my system I don't need root privileges for sshfs (I'm using Debian Stable).

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