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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4

17 Accessing File Systems with FUSE

FUSE is the acronym for file system in userspace. This means you can configure and mount a file system as an unprivileged user. Normally, you have to be root for this task. FUSE alone is a kernel module. Combined with plug-ins, it allows you to extend FUSE to access almost all file systems like remote SSH connections, ISO images, and more.

17.1 Configuring FUSE

Before you can use FUSE, you have to install the package fuse. Depending which file system you want to use, you need additional plug-ins available as separate packages. FUSE plug-ins are not shipped with SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Generally you do not have to configure FUSE, you just use it. However, it is a good idea to create a directory where all your mount points are combined. For example, you can create a directory ~/mounts and insert your subdirectories for your different file systems there.

17.2 Available FUSE Plug-ins

FUSE is dependent on plug-ins. The following table lists common plug-ins. FUSE plug-ins are not shipped with SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Table 17.1: Available FUSE Plug-ins


mounts CD-ROM images with ISO9660 file systems in them


mount NTFS volumes (with read and write support)


file system client based on SSH file transfer protocol


mount WebDAV file systems

17.3 For More Information

See the home page http://fuse.sourceforge.net of FUSE for more information.

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