I’ve continued playing around with MacFUSE and the file systems I can run on those, sshfs and SpotlightFS.
Secure Remote Disk, the Cocoa front end I mentioned previously, released a new version this week. Actually, they released two, 0.3 and 0.3.1. I recommend you manually download 0.3 and remove your old app bundle before installing it. Then use the auto update feature to get 0.3.1. The auto update from 0.2 to 0.3 does not work, they changed the bundle name between releases.
0.3.1 adds the optional remote directory and the UI is a bit nicer. It now has an icon, too, so the experience so far is much improved. I don’t know if the original tips on usage hold but I haven’t noticed any problems regardless. Seems like this front end is on the right track and I’ll keep using it until/unless something better becomes available.
The ticket I entered for SpotlightFS was resolved but I didn’t get notified. Turns out older versions of MacFUSE look for mount_fuse.fs using the execution path but the binary is buried somewhere under /System. If you find the executable and symlink it into your execution path, say /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin, the app works as intended. A future update to MacFUSE is supposed to fix this.
SpotlightFS is nice but seems to be it could use a bit more attention from a usability perspective. The keyword search based on folder name is limited. I guess spotlight saved searches getting the love of proper integration with the file system offsets that simplicity, but some one stop shopping for creating search folders, either simple or complex, would be nice. May have to pull the sources and see if something can’t be done with extended attributes on the file system.
The early work with MacFUSE is promising, though, so I am still looking forward to updates and more interesting Mac specific file systems coming online.